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Chuck Bennett / Long Beach Press Telegram

CA - State of the Port of Long Beach Will Cover 2020’s Mind-Boggling Year of Change

A global pandemic and a spectacular new bridge — a year for the books will be reviewed at the Port of Long Beach

A new bridge was opened, a life-changing global pandemic threw nearly everything off kilter and cargo volumes proved especially volatile.

There was plenty going on in 2020 at the Port of Long Beach.

The year will be reviewed at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, during the port’s annual State of the Port address.

Due to the pandemic — which still rages on — the 2020 wrap-up will be presented in a virtual online program featuring Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero and Long Beach Harbor Commission President Frank Colonna.

Those interesting in watching should go to www.polb.com/stateoftheport/.

Shortly after the year began, the port found itself scrambling to deal with the unexpected challenge posed by the COVID-19 outbreak, which brought a wave of uncertainty and, initially, plummeting cargo numbers.

Remarkably, the port ended the year by recording one of its best years to date — cargo surged in the last four months, progress was made on several of the port’s environmental initiatives and the long-awaited Gerald Desmond Replacement Bridge was opened.

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