10-26-2017 - PORT OF LONG BEACH
Unmanned aircraft system pilots need permission, insurance
New rules governing the use of unmanned aircraft systems — commonly known as drones — begin today, Oct. 26, in the Port of Long Beach, requiring pilots to obtain a permit before taking off or landing in the Harbor District.
Anyone wishing to take off or land a drone in the Harbor District must first obtain a permit from the Port of Long Beach’s Security Division. As part of the permit, the pilot must show proof of insurance, provide registration information and takeoff and landing plans, and obtain permission from occupants of any Port facilities to be overflown.
The new rules, approved as part of a recent tariff amendment by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, are aimed at heightening safety in and security of the Port, which is the second-busiest in the United States, with more than 2,000 ship calls and millions of truck trips each year.
“Our security, risk management, and commercial operations staff worked closely with the Long Beach City Attorney’s Office to develop a permitting process that focuses on the safe usage of drones in the Harbor District, within the allowable legal parameters of the Federal Aviation Administration,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “The approved rules, with requirements for insurance and notifications, should enhance our ability to maintain a safe environment for cargo operations in the Port.”
The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s premier seaports, a gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in goods movement and environmental stewardship. With 175 shipping lines connecting Long Beach to 217 seaports, the Port handles $180 billion in trade annually, supporting hundreds of thousands of Southern California jobs.
Media Contact: Lee Peterson, Port of Long Beach Media Relations Manager, (562) 283-7715