Port of Long Beach marine terminals are open and operating amid the unfolding health crisis, with regular vessel calls and scheduled work shifts continuing at the nation’s second-busiest seaport.
Meanwhile, the Port is monitoring developments of the COVID-19 outbreak and working closely with health agencies including the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services to optimize safety and communication.
The Port’s marine terminals can receive vessel calls and workers can transfer cargo off and on ships under the health-protective directives established early in the crisis by the U.S. Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection, with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Coast Guard has directed that seaports can receive ships and exchange cargo, even if they are from countries more affected by COVID-19. Steps have been put in place to protect the health of all involved – crew, longshore, security, port pilots, and all others.
Thanks to those measures, the nation’s maritime commerce can continue even during the crisis, helping to sustain the economy. The Port of Long Beach is a major economic engine and thus works diligently to plan for business continuity in situations like this, to ensure that our vital link in the supply chain is fully functioning.
The Port is also working very closely with the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, supporting communications and planning efforts. Local health officials are leading highly effective efforts to communicate with the public and to ensure continued vigilance. Up-to-date information is available on the City of Long Beach’s website at www.longbeach.gov/covid19.
While the Port’s primary focus is to protect the well-being of the Port and industry workforce, all stakeholders are working diligently to ensure that cargo operations continue. The Port is actively partnering with all stakeholders to keep our link in the supply chain moving forward.