Port of Long Beach, Shore-to-Ship Power Retrofit Piers G & J

Overview of Projects

In order to comply with California Air Resources Board’s 2007 regulations, the Port of Long Beach (POLB) needed to meet the 50% reduction of emissions standard from diesel auxiliary engines on ships berthed at the Port. Vanir provided full construction management services for Piers G and J, which were both active shipping terminals and fully operational while undergoing the power retrofits. Pier J was completed 129 calendar days prior to the original substantial completion date due to a change order to rephase and accelerate the project 96 calendar days to meet funding requirements.

The projects involved the construction of underground electrical duct banks and structures for the existing Southern California Edison substation and new shore power substation feeder connections. Other elements included construction of a new shore power substation; installation, testing, and commissioning of electrical substation equipment; construction of six shore-to-ship power outlet vaults; construction of conduit support systems under the wharf; construction of duct banks and manholes; installation of chain link fencing, K-rail, and chain link gates; and related site improvement work.


Long Beach, CA


Port of Long Beach

Design Team

Pier G: URS Pier J: P2S Engineering Inc.


Pier G: Shimmick Construction, Dynalectric
Pier J: Helix Electric

Construction Cost

Pier G: $8.3 million
Pier J: $28.3 million


Substantial: 2013
Final: 2015


Pier G: 2014 CMAA Southern California Chapter Project Achievement Award, Transportation, Less than $10M

Pier J: 2014 WCCC Owner’s Project Excellence Award, Infrastructure, New - Significant Achievement