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Container terminal at the Port of Long Beach

Zero Emissions future – the case of the Port of Long Beach

Written by Lidia Slawinska

Written by: Lidia Slawinska, Digital Communications

A net-zero operating terminal is a milestone that most ports around the globe are working towards – as it would mark a significant step towards sustainability. This summer, one port has achieved this remarkable step and begun operating a container terminal that is equipped with nearly all electric and zero-emissions equipment. Already news sources are reporting it as one of the most technologically advanced cargo terminals globally. We are, of course, talking about the Port of Long Beach – and the Long Beach Container Terminal at Middle Harbor (in California, USA) – and we wanted to take a look at it in this #DidYouKnow article.

A decade in the making

The port begun work on the project in May 2011, with an initial estimated cost of $1.5bln. The project was divided in three distinct phases. The first phase was completed in 2016, after which 151 acres opened for business. The next year the terminal was expanded to reach 191 acres, and the final phase of the project ended in July 2021. The Container Terminal now boasts with 300 acres in size, has a completed container yard, a modern administration buiding and an on-dock rail yard to allow for intermodal traffic. The concrete wharf can also receive and process three massive ships at once, with fourteen gantry cranes able to service the shoreline.

The terminal is expected to expand through the North Gate Expansion by 2025, adding an additional 3 acres to the already impressive surface area of the facility.

Net zero emissions

It is doubtlessly difficult for ports to make sure that their operations are carbon neutral – and in line with the global environmental agencies recommendations for the protection of our climate. How did the Port of Long Beach achieve its net zero emissions?

First of all – it ensured sufficient on-shore power supply stations on the berths. All of the vessels are now able to shut down the diesel engines while stationed in port and can connect to the local electrical grid.

Secondly, during the construction it was ensured that all of the major structures were built with features that allow them to save both electricity and water, meeting the American Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.

In-terminal operations are carried out by automated guided vehicles that rely on transponders in the asphalt to manoeuvre around the containers. These vehicles are battery-operated and are also capable of recharging themselves.

The final aspect of the Californian terminal is the emphasis that has been placed on faster truck turnaround times, which further reduced the port’s emissions.

Intermodality at the forefront

There is no doubt that one of the aspects that port terminals can focus on is to increase their intermodal capacities – as bringing trucks off the roads would significantly lower the GHG emissions produced by their diesel engines. The Port of Long Beach was not an exception, and in its construction has included a intermodal rail yard that includes 70,000ft of tracks. “There are 12 tracks, and each is almost a mile long,” says Thomas Baldwin, director of project management at the port. “There are four storage tracks, and eight working tracks. Five dual cantilevered gantry cranes with room for a sixth. It’s one of most modern railyards ever built, with 1.1 million-TEU capacity ” (August 20th, 2021: ENR). In the near future, the port is also planning to expand its on-dock rail capacity to 35%, acknowledging that one fully stacked train can replace up to seventy-five trucks on the road – further alleviating the pressure on our environment.

Innovating into a clean energy future

Becoming a green port is no small feat. There are many innovative ports in the world that have already incorporated significant changes to their operations to lower their emissions and thus conform with international standards. The Long Beach Container Terminal can certainly be used as an example for other ports to follow, as it shows the signs of being the world’s first “all-electric, zero-emission mega terminal” and “will [help the port] increase [its] throughput, improve air quality and maintain [its] status as a leading gateway for trans-Pacific trade” – as was highlighted by Maria Cordero, the executive director of the port (August 23rd, 2021: Splash 247).


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Energy transition: Hydrogen

Energy Transition: hydrogen

A unique vision of energy transition to hydrogen as a new sustainable energy source on ports

7th-11th of November 2022








Operation managers

Environmental managers

Terminal managers

Vehicle fleet managers

Mobility managers

Safety managers

Ship fleet managers

Energy transition managers

Infrastructure managers

Port space managers

*Among others…

*Please note that even though the course is dedicated mainly to MedPorts members, it is not exclusively so. Other companies can sign their employees up if they are interested in the energy transition activities in ports.


7th – 11th of November 2022




The general objective of the course is to raise awareness and provide technical  information to the management and technical staff of port–logistics communities and transport operators on the following specific aspects related to energy transition:

  • Port-Logistics Communities in new economy and a new world
  • Energy transition to hydrogen and new sustainable energy sources
  • How to manage energy transition in Port-logistics communities
  • Hydrogen economy
  • Port operations based on hydrogen (land and sea)
  • Port infrastructures and equipment for hydrogen


  • Analyzing the current situation

    • Knowing first-hand the infrastructures, equipment, operators and stakeholders involved in the hydrogen ecosystem.
    • Obtaining knowledge about the current situation in ports-logistics communities and how they face the future through lectures and debates with industry experts.
  • Technical Training

    Providing training and information to people who will manage and make decisions in sustainable transport solutions.

  • Practical Workshops

    Learning and experiencing how to design, plan and manage the resources to make the transition to a decarbonized port-logistics community.

Based on an experiential learning method, the course combines:


Theoretical  classes on topics of interest in port operations, conducted by experts and academics in the sector.


Specific visits and activities with different companies collaborators, experts of the sector and a case study to design a Green Port.






General fee: 2.800€/participant

First registration of MedPorts Associate: 2.500€/participant

Second registration of MedPorts Association: 15% OFF

The UfM Secretariat will cover travel expenses to Barcelona (airplane) for participants from MEDports member organizations from non-EU UfM Member States. One per organization and up to the maximum number of participants foreseen. Grants are awarded based on the date of application and provided that the above requirements are met.

Letters of invitation to the course will be issued to those who have applied for the grants offered by UfM and who meet the above-mentioned requirements, and to those who provide proof of purchase of a return flight ticket for the dates of the course.

*Course subsidized by Fundae (formerly Fundación Tripartita) in case of Spanish companies

For more information…. contact us!

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