Managing Director – Engineering Services
Port of Long Beach, California
Sean Andrew Gamette, P.E., is Managing Director of Engineering Services for the Port of Long Beach, California, named to the post by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners in February 2017. He oversees the six divisions that make up the Engineering Services Bureau for the nation’s second-busiest seaport.
Mr. Gamette joined the Port in 2003 as Senior Program Manager and was promoted to Deputy Chief Harbor Engineer in 2009. In September 2014, he advanced to Senior Director of the Program Delivery Group and Chief Harbor Engineer, having served in that role in an interim capacity since July 2013.
The six divisions of the Engineering Services Bureau are organized into two different groups: Program Delivery and Engineering Design & Maintenance.
The Program Delivery Group includes Program Management, Construction Management, Surveys and Project Controls, and a team of about 135 managers, engineers, inspectors, surveyors, technicians and support staff are responsible for on-time and within-budget completion of the most extensive capital program in the Port of Long Beach’s history. The Port is completing a $4 billion investment program this decade to modernize its facilities to maximize efficiency, meet Green Port environmental standards, and accommodate the much larger and more efficient vessels entering the Pacific fleet in order to increase competitiveness for decades to come. Construction projects include the state-of-the-art Middle Harbor Container Terminal and other terminals, the replacement of the Gerald Desmond Bridge, and roadway, channel dock and extensive rail improvements.
The Design & Maintenance Group includes an approximately 40-member professional and technical design team responsible for multiple, simultaneous in-house design projects, producing technical reports, studies, plans and specifications. The maintenance team, averaging 90 members, is responsible for upkeep of Port-owned infrastructure, including – but not limited to – buildings, roadways, waterfront structures, waterways, utilities, landscaping, lighting, and the Port's vehicle fleet and green operations.
Before taking a staff management role, Mr. Gamette was directly responsible for a number of Port projects, including remediation and preparation of the Pier S Marine Terminal site. He also was responsible for clearing and cleanup of the oilfield at the 123-acre Pier A West site and a key member of the program management team responsible for the conversion of the former Long Beach Naval Complex to the Pier T Container Terminal – one of the largest cargo-handling terminals in the world.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Gamette was a Project Manager assigned to the Port of Long Beach by two different contractors – Pacific Edge Engineering (1999-2003) and McLaren/Hart Environmental Engineering (1998-1999).
Before concentrating on the Port industry in 1998, his two decades of engineering experience included eight years with Irvine-based McLaren/Hart Environmental Engineering. His early career focus was environmental remediation projects, some associated with cleanup of on-site treatment plants and others dealing with small- to large-scale earth moving projects. His many projects included a soil remediation contract for the U.S. Army and Sacramento Army Depot, for which he was one of two Californians to receive an Award of Contractor Quality from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Mr. Gamette is a California Registered Professional Civil Engineer and holds a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
He is currently serving on the Board of the California Marine and Navigation Conference, an organization formed to garner federal support for the system of California ports, and is also an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI).
Sean Gamette is a resident of San Clemente, Calif., where he is active in the Shoreline Church of San Clemente and enjoys fly fishing, camping and surfing with family and friends.
The Port of Long Beach is the premier U.S. gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in innovative goods movement, safety, environmental stewardship and sustainability. As the second-busiest container seaport in the United States, the Port handles trade valued at more than $194 billion annually and supports 1.4 million trade-related jobs cross the nation, including more than 300,000 in Southern California. Again named Best Green Seaport worldwide in 2018, the Port is committed to environmentally sustainable practices and policies that also improve operational efficiency. This includes an unprecedented $46.5 million Community Grants Program to lessen Port impacts on air quality, traffic, noise and water quality. Founded in 1911, the Port today encompasses 3,200 acres with 35 miles of waterfront, 10 piers, 80 berths and 66 gantry cranes. In 2017, the Port handled more than 7.5 million container units, the best year in its history.