The Port of the Future Is Arriving in Los Angeles

Is Fighting Climate Change the Next Maritime Industry?

Story by Nate Berg

Illustration by Alex Lukas

Published on Oct 27, 2014

The port of Los Angeles is the busiest port in the U.S. and yet it isn’t exempt from the economic pressures facing the nation’s shipyards. But while other cities focus on turning moribund docks into parks or selling them to the highest bidder, L.A. has a vision of a sprawling oceanfront campus for marine research, education and green business incubation. The plan could transform a hub of global commerce into a laboratory of sustainability — and offer a model for other cities asking what’s next for their ports. L.A. journalist Nate Berg tells the story of AltaSea and its push for a 21st century maritime industry.