Port of Los Angeles to Develop Marine Research Center

press release
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Depiction: Future world-class marine research center at the Port of Los Angeles.

Environmental and Project Approvals Advance Visionary Concept.
 

The Los Angeles Harbor Commission today certified the final Environmental Impact Report for the proposed redevelopment of City Dock No. 1 and approved the framework for bringing a world-class marine research center to the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles
 
The action sets the stage for creation of a state-of-the-art waterfront research institute where leading scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs can collaborate on solutions to today’s marine, environmental and maritime industry challenges.
 
“This is an important step toward realizing the vision of a cutting-edge academic research facility that will be at the forefront of marine-oriented research and development,” said Port Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph. D. “City Dock No. 1 has the potential to advance our interaction with the ocean ecosystem and help the Port, stakeholders and City of Los Angeles meet the next generation of environmental challenges and research opportunities.”
 
The project calls for a 28-acre campus on the Port’s oldest municipal pier to serve as a center for ocean-related research, education, business development and green technology. The anchor tenant would be the Southern California Marine Institute (SCMI) – a consortium of Occidental College, the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, the UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences, the Ocean Studies Institute representing eight California State University campuses, and affiliated marine research and conservation organizations. SCMI currently occupies a much smaller site at Berth 260 on Terminal Island.
 
Development and identification of outside funding for the project is the next step. In May, the Los Angeles Harbor Commission adopted a resolution supporting the development of an independent California Nonprofit Corporation, with the capabilities to implement the proposed research center in collaboration with potential project users and tenants, in order to enter into a lease with the Port to develop, operate and maintain the facility.
 
The first phase, estimated at $63 million, calls for converting the warehouse at Berth 57 into a cutting-edge educational and research facility where SCMI would relocate.  Additional elements include a public interpretive center, auditorium and lecture hall at Berth 56.
 
The second phase, estimated at $353 million, calls for renovating Berths 58-60 into additional space for marine research and a marine science business park/incubator to promote marine-based green technology and marine-related businesses. Additional elements include redevelopment of Berths 70-71 to create a local base for state and federal agencies; and a large natural seawater wave tank for scientific and commercial research.
 
The project would breathe new life into a historic section of the Port, bringing more knowledge-based job opportunities to the area. Once operational, the center would be a major economic engine, generating hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in annual wages and taxes.
 
The Port began exploring the idea of a marine research center in 2007 when it received a $50,000 matching grant from the Annenberg Foundation. The initial study, undertaken with SCMI, prompted the Port to include the concept in its San Pedro Waterfront Plan adopted in 2009.
 
“This is a transformational project that would further diversify the Port job base and bring new opportunities to our harbor communities,” said Knatz.
 
The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy as well as the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves. As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates more than 830,000 regional jobs and $35 billion in annual wages and tax revenues. The Port of Los Angeles – A cleaner port.  A brighter future.

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter January 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Ports

Bangladesh, Thailand Plans Direct Coastal Shipping

Bangladesh and Thailand are planning to launch direct coastal shipping, connecting the Chittagong Port in the Bay of Bengal with the Ranong Port in the East of

Obama’s Budget ‘Grossly Imbalanced’ For US Ports -AAPA

Landside freight transportation funds would increase; navigation, port security and emission reduction funds would drop    The American Association of Port Authorities

Port of Oakland Plans for Terminal Closure

Port of Oakland sets plan to shift cargo when terminal closes; ships move to neighbor berths; Saturday and night gates to help cargo flow   The Port of Oakland

Finance

Obama’s Budget ‘Grossly Imbalanced’ For US Ports -AAPA

Landside freight transportation funds would increase; navigation, port security and emission reduction funds would drop    The American Association of Port Authorities

Amazon Expands Logistics Reach in China

Amazon.com Inc is aggressively expanding its logistics operations in China as part of a broader effort to control the rising cost of shipping billions of packages.

AIWA Highlights Investment Needs on the Nation’s Marine Highways

Nowhere is that more important than on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. As 2016 begins, we at the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA) are looking

Education/Training

Transas Academy Launched

Transas Academy launched during the Simulation User Conference 2016   Transas has launched its newly established Transas Academy, part of the company's THESIS,

First Women's Expedition to the Arctic

Company "MyArctic-expeditions" organize the first women's expedition to the Arctic Ocean. The expedition will start on March 5 in the capital of the Nenets Autonomous

SUNY Maritime Among Top Schools for Career Placement

The Princeton Review’s annual college rankings place State University of New York Maritime College among the top 10 in the nation for career placement after graduation.

Marine Science

Seventh Whale Stranded Off Norfolk Coastline

A seventh whale has been reported in shallow water off the coast of Mundesley, Norfolk this morning, February 9.   A member of the Mundesley Coastguard Rescue

States Urged to Ratify Compensation Regime for Hazardous and Noxious Cargoes

The International Maritime Organization (IMO), together with the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds) and the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF),

European Consortium Launches Blue Nodules Project

On 1 February a European consortium launched a new Horizon 2020 project: Blue Nodules. This project addresses the challenge of creating a viable and sustainable

 
 
Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1507 sec (7 req/sec)