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Tie Lines
  August 2012
 

The Chassis Challenge

With the supply, ownership and management of container chassis in a state of flux, what is the best operational model for those who move goods through the San Pedro Bay ports? Finding the answers begins with asking the right questions, and that's exactly what the Port of Long Beach is doing.

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New Cranes for Middle Harbor

On the heels of signing a 40-year, $4.6 billion lease with the Port of Long Beach, Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line ordered 14 new ship-to-shore cranes and 70 stacking cranes to equip the new Middle Harbor Terminal with the latest cargo-handling technology. The multimillion-dollar investment is believed to be the largest purchase of container-handling equipment for any U.S. port, and the new equipment is expected to be delivered between 2015 and 2019. The terminal will be operated by Long Beach Container Terminal, LLC, an OOCL subsidiary and longstanding Port tenant.

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Clean Air Awards

The Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles recognized six companies for their exemplary efforts to reduce air pollution from local maritime and goods-movement operations. Recipients of the fifth annual Clean Air Action Plan Air Quality Awards are SA Recycling LLC, APL and Harley Marine Services, Pacific Harbor Line, BP and Matson Navigation Co.

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Diesel Pollution Down 75 Percent

The Port's clean air programs have cut harmful pollution for the fifth year in a row. The most dramatic improvement this year was in diesel particulate matter, which was reduced by 75 percent. The progress is detailed in the Port's annual emissions inventory, which documents the amount of air pollution that comes from all port-related sources -- ships, trucks, locomotives, tugs and other harbor craft, and cargo handling equipment. It was released Aug. 6.

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July Cargo Volumes Down

Container traffic at the Port fell 8.8 percent in July compared with the same period a year ago. Imports dropped 10 percent and exports dipped 1.9 percent. The decrease in volume is partly due to the ongoing slow recovery of the national economy, which led to the elimination of ship calls by several niche service strings. Calendar year to date, overall container traffic at the Port is down 5.5 percent.

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Greenhouse Gas Reduction Grants

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has awarded $5.4 million to nonprofit groups, agencies and Port tenants to fund projects that will reduce, eliminate or capture emissions of greenhouse gases. The grants will fund projects like solar-power hot water and electricity systems, energy-efficient outdoor lighting, electric vehicles, tree plantings and water-saving landscaping. The awards are part of the Port's Community Mitigation Grant Programs. Grant applications are reviewed by the six-person Grant Advisory Committee; Mayor Bob Foster recently appointed two longtime Long Beach residents and civic leaders, Raúl A. Añorve and Lillian Kawasaki, to the panel. Other Committee members include former state legislator Betty Karnette, and representatives of the California Air Resources Board, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association.

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New Aggregate Terminal Proposed

The Port has released a draft environmental impact report on a proposed construction materials terminal on privately owned land in the Harbor District. Eagle Rock Aggregates, Inc., is seeking to build and operate the sand, gravel and granite aggregate import terminal on Pier D at Berth 44. The terminal would receive, stockpile and distribute materials for construction projects throughout Southern California. The draft EIR was released July 27, and the Port will take public comments in writing through Sept. 21.

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Pulse of the Port

A free sunset tour of the Port, a look inside the newest, cleanest ships calling at Long Beach, and advanced cargo inspection technology are among the stories included in the latest installment of the award-winning video program "Pulse of the Port." The new episode also spotlights a Port seminar on how to sell products and services abroad and a refrigerated container exhibit that shows how cool containers can be.

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Sand Sculpture Contest

The Port co-sponsored the 80th Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest held Aug. 11 at Granada Beach. The free event is among the main attractions at Long Beach Sea Festival, held annually from June to September, and is one of the longest-running sand castle contests in the United States.

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Sea Launch AG successfully launched an Intelsat 21 communications satellite from the equator on Aug. 18. Long Beach is home port to the international consortium's ocean-based launch platform, Odyssey, and its Sea Launch Commander vessel.

 
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