Coast Guard captain to lead security at Port of Long Beach

(LONG BEACH, Calif.) — The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday approved the appointment of U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Ryan Manning to lead the Security Division at the nation’s second-busiest seaport.

Manning, currently captain of the port of Los Angeles-Long Beach and commander of Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach, will join the Port of Long Beach following his retirement at the end of March.

In his present role, Manning leads a team of 550 active duty, reserve and civilian personnel and a 750-member volunteer auxiliary workforce. This team facilitates regional partnerships and conducts federal maritime safety, security, law enforcement and environmental protection operations along the coast from Orange to San Luis Obispo County and within the United States’ largest container port complex.

Capt. Ryan Manning

Prior to his current assignment, Manning most recently served as the commanding officer of Coast Guard Activities Europe, located in Brunssum, Netherlands. In this position, he directed U.S. Coast Guard vessel inspection and port security assessments throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Manning received his commission from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1994 and has served in a variety of port safety and security-related positions throughout his career. He has earned master’s degrees in mechanical engineering, joint campaign planning and strategy. He is also a registered professional engineer in mechanical engineering.

The Port of Long Beach Security Division’s top priority is to provide safety and security all throughout the Port of Long Beach. The port takes a leadership role in the development of strategies to mitigate security risks in the port complex, working closely with multiple partner agencies to plan and coordinate security measures.

As the premier U.S. gateway for trans-Pacific trade, the port handles trade valued at $200 billion annually and supports 2.6 million jobs across the United States, including 575,000 in Southern California. In 2023, industry leaders named it “The Best West Coast Seaport in North America” for the fifth consecutive year. During the next 10 years, the port is planning $2.2 billion in capital improvements aimed at enhancing capacity, competitiveness and sustainability.

– Port of Long Beach

By Professional Mariner Staff