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Port of LB Makes Deal With Elon Musk's Space-X To Use Part Of Port's Pier T As Marine Terminal To Dock Vessels And Offload Equipment As Part Of Its West Coast Rocket Recovery Operations



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(April 26, 2021, 5:00 p.m., updated 7:45 p.m. with portions of Harbor Commn'n agendizing memo text) -- Elon Musk's Space X will occupy part of the Port of Long Beach -- 6.5 acres on Pier T -- as a marine terminal for its West Coast rocket recovery operations

The agreement was reached between the Hawthorne based firm and the Port of Long Beach, approved by LB Harbor Commissioners this afternoon.

Space X's presence is tangentially a space related development; it's basically using part of a Port marine terminal -- Pier T, once the site of the historic, controversially demolished, former U.S. Navy Station -- to dock its vessels and offload equipment.


Portion of map accompanying Harbor Comm'n agenda item.

In its Executive Summary, PoLB staff's agendizing memo states:

This proposed action requests the Board of Harbor Commissioners to authorize the Executive Director to execute a Sublease granting Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) use of approximately 2.85 acres of land, 3.54 acres of submerged land, and improvements thereon including a standalone pier structure and mooring island extending 1,168 linear feet offshore commonly known as Pier 16 and 65,894 square feet of warehouse and office space...

The proposed Sublease provides for a two-year term, commencing May 1, 2021, and authorizes SpaceX to use the premises for berthing of ships, barges, and other watercraft, and related activities in regards to their recovery operations of spacecraft launch equipment at sea, including offloading of equipment by crane.

Among its key points:

The Sublease premises consists of approximately 2.85 acres of land, 3.54 acres of submerged land, and Port -owned improvements situated thereon that include Pier 16 and 65,894 square feet of office and warehouse space...

The term of the Sublease is two (2) years, commencing May 1, 2021, and terminable by SpaceX at any time upon 90 daysí written notice.

SpaceX shall use the Sublease premises for berthing of ships, boats, barges, and other watercraft, offloading of equipment, and storage of equipment in relation to its operations.

The monthly rent is $107,000, subject to annual CPI adjustments...

As LBREPORT.com has reported as part of our continuing Long Beach's Future in Space, series multiple space related firms -- including Virgin Orbit, Rocket Lab, Relativity and Spin Launch -- have chosen Long Beach for directly related space operations.

A Port of Long Beach release said it has been "actively looking for a new tenant since the previous occupant, Sea Launch, departed in February 2020." Port of LB Executive Director Mario Cordero commended the Port's team, including its developing the agreement with SpaceX.






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