Port Cities of the Future: Commerce, Entertainment, Health, and Safety
The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s busiest seaports. It is the
The port has 10 piers, 80 ship berths, 66 gantry cranes, and 22 shipping terminals. More than 2,000 vessels call at the Port of Long Beach each year, moving $180 billion in cargo. Each year, it handles more than 6.8 million
In addition to commerce, the port includes cruise ships and activities related to tourism and entertainment.
Docked in Long Beach Harbor is the RMS (Royal Mail Ship) Queen Mary, a colossal ship bigger, faster, and more powerful than the RMS Titanic. Built in Scotland, the
With all of the activity and vessel traffic, the Port of Long Beach is not immune to accidents and pollution. Thousands of dollars have been spent on the removal and remediation of contaminated sites, such as the IR Site 7 remediation dredging project to remove chemicals that entered the harbor from
the former Long Beach Naval Station operations. More than 400,000m2 of contaminated sediments were sequestered during that project. In addition, each year thousands of containers fall off of cargo ships, sometimes in harbors as ships are entering or leaving port.
The Port of Long Beach is governed by the City of Long Beach. The City Charter created the Long Beach Harbor Department to promote and develop the Port. The Harbor Department’s primary responsibility is the health and safety of the port and waterfront.
The Port of Long Beach has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a remotely operated vehicle and crew that can operate in the sometimes confined and often precarious conditions of the port and waterfront. Specifically, the port managers are in need of an ROV that can 1) assist with the installation of a Hyperloop system to expedite the delivery of goods and streamline commerce; 2) conduct maintenance on the port’s water and light show to guarantee uninterrupted entertainment; 3) identify and collect samples of contaminated sediment then remediate the area to protect the health of people and the environment; and 4) identify the contents of containers that fell off of a cargo ship into the harbor and map the accident site to ensure the safety of the port and its operations.