The project will increase container capacity to an annual throughput of 1.5m teus. The facility, leased by China Shipping until 2045, will expand from the existing 72 acres to 142 acres of storage and 2,500 feet of quay served by 10 post-Panamax cranes.
As with the TraPac container terminal approval granted last month, a series of environmental measures have been included in this latest project to reduce air and greenhouse gas emissions and energy use.
• Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) for ships calling at the terminal
• Participation in the port’s vessel speed reduction programme for ships transiting within 40 miles of the South Coast Air Basin
• Use of electric rubber-tyred gantry cranes
• Use of alternative- fuelled yard tractors and equipment
The China Shipping project also includes several community initiatives, notably the development of a new community park in San Pedro (Plaza Park) and extensive landscaping along Front Street, which runs parallel to the terminal perimeter.
“In a difficult economy, this contract puts people to work and will ultimately create one of the world’s most modern and environmentally friendly container terminals,” said the port’s executive director Geraldine Knatz.