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The Middle Harbor Terminal Redevelopment Project is creating the world’s greenest container shipping terminal — nearly all electric and zero emissions. Equipped with the most advanced technologies in North America, the new facility will handle twice as much cargo as the two terminals it replaces, while dramatically cutting air pollution. The modernized wharf can handle the world’s largest ships and will strengthen the Port’s competitiveness and the local economy.

Construction began in 2011 and is expected to take about nine years. The first of two phases opened in 2016. Orient Overseas Container Line, a major Hong Kong-based shipping line, agreed in 2012 to a 40-year lease to operate the new terminal through its subsidiary Long Beach Container Terminal.

Middle Harbor aerial 2017

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Project Highlights

  • The Middle Harbor terminal will be 311 acres, with an annual capacity of 3.3 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) – which alone would rank it as the nation’s fourth-busiest port.
  • A new 4,200-foot-long concrete wharf with three deepwater berths will support 14 of the most modern gantry cranes – accommodating 21,000-TEU ships.
  • An on-dock rail yard is designed to handle 1.1 million TEUs a year, or about 24 trains a week, to minimize roadway traffic impacts.
  • Construction is generating 1,000 temporary jobs a year through 2020, while 14,000 permanent new jobs will be generated in Southern California by the increase in trade.
  • The terminal includes new environmentally friendly buildings that meet strict standards for sustainability, including energy and water conservation and the use of recycled materials.
  • The project upgrades include expanding Long Beach Fire Department facilities in the Port.
  • Middle Harbor provides a model for green seaport development for the world.


The $1.493 billion modernization project is redeveloping existing land and water in two phases.

First half:

  • Completed 170 acres.

Second half:

  • Renovate the existing Pier F container terminal.
  • Connect the Pier E terminal to the Pier F container terminal by filling an additional 40 acres.
  • Expand the on-dock rail yard from 10,000 linear feet to 75,000 feet.

Environmental Protection

In keeping with the Port’s Green Port Policy and the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan, the project minimizes or eliminates environmental impacts from shipping operations. To improve air quality and reduce impacts, the project includes:

  • A new electrical substation and shoreside power infrastructure so all ships can plug into electricity and shut down their auxiliary diesel engines.
  • The Clean Trucks Program, which phased out the use of older, dirtier trucks.
  • Expanded on-dock rail to shift more than 30 percent of cargo shipments from trucks to trains.
  • Lower-emission switching locomotives.
  • All-electric and cleaner, alternative-fuel-powered cargo-handling equipment, such as yard tractors.
  • Electric rail-mounted stacking cranes.
  • Green Flag Vessel Speed Reduction program requirements to reduce air pollution from ships.
  • Use of low-sulfur fuels for ships’ main and auxiliary engines.
  • “Green building” Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for all major buildings. More on Pier E's LEED buildings.
  • Stormwater pollution prevention practices and technologies during construction and treatment technologies in place during operations.
  • Installation of solar panels.
  • Reuse or recycling of waste materials such as concrete, asphalt, steel, copper and other materials during construction.

Community Grants

With the project’s approval in April 2009, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners also created the Port Community Grants Program and assigned $15 million to the fund as part of the Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project approval.

The Port Grants Program is designed to improve community health and the environment by offsetting the impact of port-related air pollution, and to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.

The grants funded projects in three categories: 1) Air quality improvements and noise reduction measures at schools and related sites; 2) Preventive health-care programs, air quality improvements and noise reduction measures at senior and health-care facilities; and 3) Greenhouse gas reduction through renewable power, energy efficiency, tree-planting projects and more.

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