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Long Beach port marks 110 years of service

The Port of Long Beach received its first import load in 1911.
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The Port of Long Beach this week marked its 110th anniversary.

The port received its first import load on June 2, 1911, when 280,000 feet of redwood lumber aboard the steamship S.S. Iaqua arrived at the Municipal Pier. 

More than a century later, the Long Beach facility has grown into the nation’s second-busiest container port, handling more than 8.1 million 20-foot equivalent units and cargo valued at $200 billion annually, according to a news release. Today, the port spans 4,600 acres of water and 3,520 acres.

This year, the port is on track to complete its Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project, expanding one of the world’s most advanced and greenest container terminals, operated by Long Beach Container Terminal. The modern 304-acre terminal represents a $1.49 billion investment in port infrastructure.

The port’s capital improvement program includes investing $1 billion in its on-dock rail network to add capacity; increase velocity, reliability and safety; and enhance efficiency across the board.

Pacific Harbor Line Inc. provides rail transportation, maintenance and dispatching services to the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

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