Campus: CSU, Long Beach -- August 9, 2000

Cal State Long Beach Receives $3.75 Million from U.S. Department of Defense

President Robert C. Maxson has announced that California State University, Long Beach has received a $3.75 million appropriation from the United States Department of Defense (DoD) to support its Center for the Commercial Deployment of Transportation Technologies (CCDoTT ) and the Agile Port/High Speed Sealift Demonstration project.

"We are delighted that the Department of Defense and the Department of Transportation have asked that we help develop this important program with them," said Maxson. "It shows great confidence in our university and the individuals working on this key project and we look forward to working with our colleagues in the port and intermodal transportation industry."

CCDoTT is a chartered university center in CSULB's College of Engineering, and its Agile Port/High Speed Sealift Demonstration project is managed by the CSULB Foundation. The appropriation will help develop a model to facilitate port and high-speed sealift operations that will enable rapid military deployment during an emergency with minimum disruption to commercial traffic by applying new technologies. The project will also assist in facilitating the movement of commercial cargo to meet projected trade growth.

The ability of the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to accommodate more goods and containers, faster and more efficiently has become increasingly important because of the limited space available for additional marine terminals. Congressman Steve Horn, in whose district both ports reside, has been strongly supportive of the CCDoTT program.

"If the amount of trade doubles, we can't double the size of the ports," said CSULB Professor Richard Williams, who provides technical support to principle investigator Stan Wheatley of the CSULB Foundation.

"The idea is to have maritime ports operate more like an airport," added Williams. "We want to get it to where the ship comes in, unloads, reloads and is off again within hours, rather than longer periods of time as is the usual case today. It doesn't help to have a fast ship if you have a traditional port. If you are going to speed up trade and commerce by having high-speed ships then the ports and intermodal system have to be faster too."

CCDoTT functions as a partnership of academic institutions, government, and commercial corporations. It was formed to enable the Department of Defense (U.S. Transportation Command), the Department of Transportation (Maritime Administration), and other partners to leverage advanced technologies in solving defense and commercial transportation infrastructure problems; conduct research and development for defense and commercial transportation infrastructure initiatives; and provide a technology transfer between the DoD and commercial industry.

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