The Port of Long Beach 2021 State of the Port address – which went live Thursday – looks back on a year of challenges and collaboration. The Port of Long Beach overcame the challenges of the global pandemic to record its busiest year ever and opened a new state-of-the-art bridge that will serve as an icon for Long Beach and all of Southern California.
Check out the video for remarks from Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero at minute 13:47 for a recap of the Bridge Project’s completion. Cordero said, “It’s one of the biggest projects in the history of the Port, giving us a seismically improved bridge to carry nearly 15% of the nation’s inbound containers from overseas.” The new bridge acts as a giant seismic sensor, with 77 accelerographs to monitor and record its response during earthquakes that will occurduring its 100-year lifespan.
“Our new iconic bridge can be seen from miles and miles — a proud landmark that will always celebrate what was accomplished during a pandemic,” concluded Cordero. Be sure to watch through the end for a compilation of bridge aerial drone shots showing the new bridge throughout the day, concluding with our shining architectural lights at night.
Also appearing in the State of the Port address are Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners President Frank Colonna and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, offering a look back at the unprecedented challenges that faced the Port in 2020, and a look ahead at 2021, a year of recovery.