Port of Los Angeles
the Port of Los Angeles and the neighboring Port of Long Beach comprise the San Pedro Bay port complex. He explored the area at the northwest end of what is now San Pedro Bay on October 8, 1542. However, it was more than 225 years later (1769), when Spanish missionaries and officials began colonizing the coast of what later became California.
City leaders recognized the Port’s growth opportunities and created the Board of Harbor Commissioners on December 9, 1907, thus marking the official founding of the Port of Los Angeles.
Port of Long Beach
Beginning with the construction of the San Pedro Breakwater in 1899 to protect the city of San Pedro, the Port of Long Beach was formed in 1911 at the mouth of the Los Angeles River.
Its Harbor Commission began developing piers by the middle of the 1920s. With the discovery of oil in the early 20s and the subsequent opening of the giant Wilmington oil field a few miles next door, by the early 1930s, the city had both a need and the resources to advance construction of a large maritime port. Recognizing the strategic location and the growing seaports, in 1932 the U.S. Government purchased more than 100 acres of land on Terminal Island, creating a home port for the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet. The navy continued to manage a large shipyard and naval station on the island until 2001 when it was relinquished to the City of Long Beach and converted into a container terminal.
The Port of Los Angeles is located in San Pedro Bay, approximately 32km south of downtown Los Angeles. Officially founded in 1907, the port has become one of the premier seaports of America and is considered as southern California’s gateway to international commerce.
Los Angeles port design
The Port of Los Angeles covers 4,300 acres of land and 3,200 acres of water along 69km of waterfront. With a water depth of 53ft, the port can accommodate the largest container ships in the world.
The automobile terminal (berths 195-199) has a total land area of 85 acres and total berth length of 2,250ft. Alongside depths range from 32ft to 34ft.