11:00 - 11:50
30 October 2020

Future of Port Infrastructure & Middle Harbor

Multi-Discipline Technical

This session will earn 1.0 PDH

Abstract: The maritime transportation system consists of about 95,000 miles of coastline, 361 ports, more than 25,000 miles of waterways, and intermodal landside connections that allow the various modes of transportation to move people and goods to, from, and on the water (DHS 2017). For ports in the United States there are no functional, operational, or resiliency guidelines to support identifying, rehabilitating, retrofitting, upgrading or inspecting the port’s infrastructure system for container handling facilities. Port cargo activity contributes roughly $4.8 trillion to the economy yearly (26 percent of US GDP), over 23 million jobs, and over $320 billion annually in tax revenues (AAPA 2017). An expert panel will discuss the economic impact ports have on the world economy and the value of maintenance and investment in ports. Following will be a presentation on the largest and greenest port in the world.

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. Attendees will have a chance to hear about a mega project that will have a lasting impact on future terminals and learn about the engineering and construction challenges faced by the project team.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and gain a more thorough understanding of port infrastructure initiatives, design solutions, funding opportunities related to port maintenance, inspection, and repair guidance for aging port infrastructure system (piers, wharves, buildings, cranes, lifts, utilities, transportation and backlands) for maintaining performance and functionality
  • Learn about the greenest terminal being developed by the Port of Long Beach, as well as learn challenges encountered by engineers working on this mega project.
  • Identify specific port-related mitigation strategies to all hazard vulnerabilities such as hurricanes, earthquakes, sea level rise, and tsunamis as an emerging critical need to further develop procedures for comprehensively assessing the performance and functionality of port systems.