Port of Long Beach Supertanker Terminal

by Jay Christison, C. F. Braun & Co, Alhambra, CA, USA,
Max Weismair, C. F. Braun & Co, Alhambra, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Ports '86


The supertanker marine terminal and crude-oil transfer facility at Berth 121 on Pier E in the Port of Long Beach, California is the largest tanker-handling berth on the West Coast. This paper discusses the selection of the overall design concept, based on operational and seismic requirements, and describes the geotechnical conditions, as well as items of special interest. Major topics include seismic design criteria, fender system, offshore pile installation, problems encountered in connection with the large horizontal deflection of the offshore structures, and description of some equipment used for this berth.

Subject Headings: Ports and harbors | Seismic design | Beaches | Offshore structures | Seismic tests | Berths | Load and resistance factor design | Fenders | California | United States

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