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, Calif., 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, roadway, channel, dock and extensive rail improvements.
The Design & Maintenance Group includes an approximately 40-member professional and technical 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 since 1998 – 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 one of the world’s premier seaports, a leading gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in innovative goods movement, safety 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 and 1.5 million jobs nationwide.
Industry leaders in 2016 named the Port of Long Beach the Best North American Seaport — the 18th time in the last 21 years — in recognition of the Port’s service, innovation and reliability. As the second-busiest seaport in North America, Long Beach is undergoing a decade-long capital improvement program topping $4 billion, the largest in the nation, building some of the most modern, efficient and sustainable marine facilities in the world.