Free Harbor Tours cruise Long Beach Port
2010-03-23 · By Editor
Summer is just around the corner, and that means harbor tours at the Port of Long Beach. The Port offers the popular 90-minute, free tours every year from May through September.
The harbor tour is an opportunity for the public to learn more about operations and environmental initiatives at one the busiest seaports in the world.
During the cruise, a narrator will talk about the Port’s past, present and future, while giving shipboard guests a chance to see a different view of the Port’s daily work. The tours sail under towering cranes busy off-loading their container ships and past normally-inaccessible places in the harbor, like the Navy Mole, now a bird refuge and home to a colony of black-crowned night herons.
About $120 billion worth of products move through the Port of Long Beach each year, supporting 30,000 jobs locally and over a million across the country.
Learn about the Port’s Green Flag Program which helped reduce air pollution by about 2,000 tons last year by giving ships a reason to slow down. Did you know that by 2014, all the container terminals at the Port will have shore power?This will allow ships to turn off their auxiliary diesel engines.
The harbor is teeming with wildlife. Thanks in part to the environmental stewardship of the Port, the average number of birds in the harbor has doubled since the 1970s. Lucky cruisers may even have the chance to see California Sea Lions trying to catch a nap in the sun.
Learn more interesting facts while taking a scenic tour of Long Beach’s harbor. Seating is limited and spaces go fast, so reserve early. Reservations can be made starting at 8 a.m., April 1.