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Pier S Proposed Development

The Port of Long Beach is proposing to develop Pier S, a 160-acre parcel of vacant land on Terminal Island, into a cargo shipping facility. As proposed, the project would create one of the world's greenest shipping terminals while generating as many as 40,000 new, permanent jobs in Southern California.

In addition to bringing in additional trade and thus sustaining more jobs throughout the region, a newly built container terminal on the site would be a showcase example of modern, efficient and environmentally friendly shipping operations. The container terminal project would also include improvements to the Port's back channel to upgrade navigational safety.

As part of the project,the Port would implement all of the aggressive environmental measures in the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan and Water Resources Action Plan. It would also meet sustainability goals outlined in the Green Port Policy.

Public Comment

The public comment period for the Pier S DEIS/SEIR has concluded.  



To download the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS), go to www.polb.com/ceqa.

Click here to download the fact sheet on this project.

Click here for a map of the proposed development area.


A development project at the site would improve 160 acres of vacant land in the Port on Terminal Island, just south of the Cerritos Channel. Download a map of the proposed development area. The land is part of 720 acres purchased by the Port in 1994 from the Union Pacific Resources Corporation. At the time of the purchase, the soil had been contaminated by many years of oil and gas production. The Port has successfully addressed the soil contamination issues on the property, including the area now proposed for the Pier S development.

The Port has developed a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) and supplemental environmental impact report (SEIR) and is releasing the document for a public review period. At the end of the review, the Port will incorporate public comments and responses to the comments into a final environmental impact report.

The draft environmental document includes several development alternatives for Pier S, including container shipping facilities and a multi-use storage facility for cargo containers.

Project Highlights

  • Construction of a container terminal at Pier S would generate up to about 1,550 jobs a year during the two to three years of building. At peak operation, the new terminal would handle trade supporting up to 40,000 jobs in the Southern California region, due to the increased trade and business activity.
  • Construction of a container terminal would include development of a wharf, berths and terminal infrastructure at Pier S to support container shipping operations. The project would include a rail yard to facilitate on-dock rail.
  • As part of the project, the Port will provide $12 million for the Port Mitigation Grants Programs, designed to reduce the overall effects of the Port on the community to to reduce greenhouse gases.
  • The proposed Pier S container terminal would incorporate all the latest technology and efficiencies to reduce air pollution to the greatest extent possible. The project would be the Port's first completely new terminal development since the advent of the Port of Long Beach's 2005 Green Port Policy.

Environmental Features

  • Shore power equipment to allow ships to "plug in" to clean electricity while berthed.
  • An on-dock rail yard to maximize the use of trains in order to reduce the need for trucks.
  • A "green lease" requiring environmental compliance, including the use of low-polluting terminal yard equipment.
  • "Green Flag" Vessel Speed Reduction Program and the use of low-sulfur fuels for ships calling at the terminal.
  • "Green" buildings that meet the rigorous energy-conservation, water-saving and environmentally friendly standards of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

Public Review

The DEIS/SEIR was released on September 16, 2011. The release started a period for the public to comment on the document that concluded December 2, 2011.

The DEIS/SEIR document is available at:

  • www.polb.com/ceqa
  • Port of Long Beach Administration Building, 925 Harbor Plaza, Long Beach 90802
  • Long Beach Public Main Library, 101 Pacific Ave., Long Beach 90802.
  • Long Beach City Clerk, 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach 90802.
  • San Pedro Regional Branch Library, 931 Gaffey St., San Pedro 90731.
  • Wilmington Branch Library, 1300 N. Avalon Blvd., Wilmington 90744.

Once the public comment period has ended, Port staff will prepare a final environmental impact report (EIR) by incorporating comments and providing responses to those comments.

The final EIR will be considered by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners in a public hearing to be scheduled at a later date.

Pier S News

'Pulse of the Port' Features Trip to Pier S

News ImageA recent "Pulse of the Port" segment featured a trip to Pier S, where the Port is proposing to develop a 160-acre parcel of land into a state-of-the-art cargo shipping facility. Click "read more" to watch.

Port Releases Environmental Study of Proposed Terminal

News ImageThe Port of Long Beach today released draft environmental documents on a proposal to develop a state-of-the-art, $650 million container shipping terminal on Terminal Island that would showcase sustainable goods movement and generate up to 40,000 jobs in the region.

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