Port of Long Beach, Middle Harbor Redevelopment

System overhaul: Port of Long Beach, Middle Harbor Redevelopment; P2S Engineering


Port of Long Beach aerial viewProject name: Port of Long Beach, Middle Harbor Redevelopment

Location: Long Beach, Calif.

Firm name: P2S Engineering

Project type, building type: System overhaul, manufacturing

Project duration: 6 years

Project completion date: June 9, 2012

Project budget for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection engineering only: $70 million

Engineering challenges

The Port’s middle harbor container shipping terminals were old, outdated, and designed for a past era of containerized shipping. To improve efficiency and meet current 21st century environmental standards, they had to be updated. This would allow the Port of Long Beach not only the opportunity to utilize new technologies, but also infrastructure upgrades that would improve the environment. As a result, once completed, the power infrastructure will have the capacity to fully support not only typical terminal needs (medium-voltage quay cranes, site lighting, and building distribution), but also greener port technologies such as shore-to-ship power and electrified rail-mounted gantry cranes in the container yard.


P2S designed a reliable distribution system to serve present and future needs for the Middle Harbor. The completed mega-terminal will be served by a 112 MVA, 66-12 kV substation that will be constructed in stages over the next 10 years. The terminal also includes a 12 kV intermodal yard substation; (3) 6.6 kV shore power substations; (10) 480 V reefer substations; site distribution to facilitate power and communications to medium-voltage quay and stacker cranes, shore power outlets, reefer outlets, terminal site lighting, and buildings; and a state-of-the-art energy and power management solution for managing the increased demands of the electrified terminal. P2S is also advancing and standardizing shore-to-ship power solutions by leading the development of an international IEC/ISO/IEEE standard for shore-to-ship power. This ensures that the shore-to-ship power system at the Middle Harbor is state-of-the-art. It will also serve as an example for other terminals nationwide to follow.

Artist rendering of Port of Long BeachArtist rendering of Port of Long Beach

No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Choosing controllers: PLCs, PACs, IPCs, DCS? What's best for your application?; Wireless trends; Design, integration; Manufacturing Day; Product Exclusive
Variable speed drives: Smooth, efficient, electrically quite motion control; Process control upgrades; Mobile intelligence; Product finalists: Vote now; Product Exclusives
Machine design tips: Pneumatic or electric; Software upgrades; Ethernet advantages; Additive manufacturing; Engineering Leaders; Product exclusives: PLC, HMI, IO
This article collection contains the 5 most referenced articles on improving the use of PID.
Learn how Industry 4.0 adds supply chain efficiency, optimizes pricing, improves quality, and more.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Cyber security cost-efficient for industrial control systems; Extracting full value from operational data; Managing cyber security risks
Drilling for Big Data: Managing the flow of information; Big data drilldown series: Challenge and opportunity; OT to IT: Creating a circle of improvement; Industry loses best workers, again
Pipeline vulnerabilities? Securing hydrocarbon transit; Predictive analytics hit the mainstream; Dirty pipelines decrease flow, production—pig your line; Ensuring pipeline physical and cyber security