Port of Long Beach executive director recognized

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The Connie Award was presented by the Containerization and Intermodal Institute to Richard Steinke, who will retire this month as executive director of the Port of Long Beach. Steinke was honored for his leadership role in developing the port into one of the world’s largest container harbors.

“Richard Steinke established himself as an indispensable leader of the Port of Long Beach and maritime industry,” says Allen Clifford, CII president. “His hard work and immense contributions will help keep the port among the busiest in the world.”

Steinke led the port’s redevelopment of the former Long Beach Naval Complex, creating one of the nation’s largest container cargo terminals. He transitioned the port, making it both a builder of modern cargo terminals while becoming environmentally efficient. Steinke also implemented a Green Port Policy that included a Clean Trucks Program in collaboration with the Port of Los Angeles.

Steinke’s leadership and expertise were instrumental in the completion of other various projects that includes winning approvals for the $1 billion Middle Harbor redevelopment project and the $950 million Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement project.