Port of Long Beach – 02 OCT 2010

Green Port Fest 2010 was this week-end and we didn’t want to miss a free boat tour of the port. A couple of years ago we were able to take a free San Pedro Harbor tour as part of World Trade Week. See: http://travelswithauntiem.blogspot.com/2008/05/may-17-2008.html So, Tinky Winky was really excited to see the other side of the port. Here’s some images to go with the statistics from the Ports web page:
“The Port of Long Beach is part of the biggest port complex in the United States and the second busiest seaport in the country; ten piers, 80 berths, seven container terminals equipped with 71 post-panamax gantry cranes and one of the deepest dredged main channels in the U.S. at 76 feet."
"The Port's berths are some of the deepest in the country and can accommodate the largest vessels in the world. Nearby, some 500 million square feet of warehouse and distribution facilities offer support."
"Those are only some of the reasons by the Port of Long Beach moved 6.5 million TEUs in 2008, the second largest volume in the nation.”
“Trade valued annually at more than $100 billion moves through Long Beach.” (http://www.polb.com/)
Belonging to the People’s Republic of China, COSCO is one of the world’s largest shipping (liner) companies.

It would not be Long Beach without a grasshopper in the the landscape.

Our buoys always have seal lions on them.
After the RMS Queen Mary was retired, she was permanently moored as a tourist attraction in Long Beach. In 1970, after all the lower decks were gutted and Specialty Restaurants took over the lease and conversion into a hotel, (while it was still closed to the public) a friend and I got a personal tour of the QM because he was thinking about opening a gift shop on the ship.
Built in 1982, this giant geodesic dome was built to hold Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose (the world’s largest aircraft ever built). It only lasted 10 years as a tourist attraction (Spruce Goose being sold to Evergreen Aviation Museum in Oregon); it is now used as a sound stage and a terminal for Carnival Cruise Lines. In the 80’s I took my Uncle to see the Spruce Goose and I remember having the feeling of awe as I saw the gigantic aircraft for the first time; perhaps someday I’ll get to Evergreen to see it again.