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  September 2012
 

Panama Canal Update

Completion of the Panama Canal expansion has been delayed at least six months, and the project may not be completed until April 2015, according the Port's Latin America Trade Representative, Eduardo E. Lugo T.

Lugo gave a presentation on the topic to the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on September 10.

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Port Security Remains Strong

More than a decade following 9/11, security remains a high priority at the Port. The security systems that protect the nation's busiest harbor complex are continually being upgraded. Since 2001, the Port has increased security staff by 40 percent and invested millions of dollars in training, equipment and technology to become one of the most secure ports in the world.

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Cargo Volumes Up

Container traffic volumes at the Port rose in August, with imports up 2.9 percent and exports up 5.7 percent compared to the same period a year ago. August marks the start of the peak season, when shipments begin arriving for the end-of-the-year holiday shopping season. Overall container traffic was up 1.4 percent in August.

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Big Ship Ready

The Port will welcome the MSC Beatrice, the second of the new generation of big container ships that began calling on the Port earlier this year, on September 30 at Pier T's Total Terminals International. In March, the Port welcomed the MSC Fabiola, the first ship with a capacity of more than 12,000 TEUs, or twenty-foot equivalent container units, to call on North America. Built in 2009, the Beatrice has the capacity to handle nearly 14,000 TEUs. The Port of Long Beach is one of only a few seaports in North America capable of handling the world's largest container ships.

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Berth 55 to Stay Open

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on September 17 rescinded a notice to vacate to occupants of Berth 55, and the businesses there will be allowed to stay while the Port conducts an environmental analysis of proposed plans for a new fire station and other safety-related structures at the site. The lease for Berth 55 expired in 2008, and the tenants had remained on a month-to-month basis. The Port issued a 180-day notice to vacate in April, but supporters of the businesses asked the Port to reconsider.

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CFO of the Year

Port Chief Financial Officer Sam Joumblat was recently named the 2012 Chief Financial Officer of the Year in the Government Entity category by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Joumblat received the award at a September 12 event honoring top executives in the Los Angeles region for their outstanding performance as financial stewards.

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Communications Awards

The Port won several coveted awards recently from leading national communications organizations, including Telly Awards for videos and Savvy Awards from the national City-County Communications and Marketing Association, or 3CMA.

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COSCO Visit

Mr. Ma Zehua, president and CEO of COSCO Group, along with other COSCO executives, paid a courtesy visit to the Port on September 10, their first stop during their U.S. mission. During the visit, Ma met with Board of Harbor Commissioners President Susan E. Anderson Wise, Port Executive Director J. Christopher Lytle and several other high-ranking Port executives. COSCO officials renewed their commitment to Long Beach, and the parties vowed to cooperate closely in business and terminal facility developments. COSCO is China's largest shipping line.

 

Connie Award

The Containerization & Intermodal Institute will honor Matthew J. Cox, President and CEO of Matson Navigation Co., on October 2 in Long Beach during its 2012 Connie Award event. Matson ships call at Pier C, and the company has been a valued partner in the Port's green initiatives. It signed the Port's first-ever "green lease" in 2006 and installed shore power facilities at Pier C in 2011.

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Let's Talk Port

Don't miss "Let's Talk Port" on October 10 at the Queen Mary. The ongoing community forum and discussion event will be co-hosted by the Long Beach Rotary, and industry members are invited to attend. Come hear the latest on Port projects, jobs and careers, security, air quality, and more.

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Pulse of the Port

The latest installment of the award-winning "Pulse of the Port" video series takes you on a nighttime circuit of the Port with the Harbor Patrol and offers a look at new, less-polluting locomotives. The episode also visits with summer interns, reports on clean air awards and checks out movies on the beach.

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  • The Port will host two informational meetings on Oct. 3 to discuss a plan to renovate West Anaheim Street from the Los Angeles River to the western limits of the City of Long Beach. Click here for details.
  • The California Air Resources Board will hold a workshop on shore power on Oct. 3 at the Port's Administration Building. CARB's workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click here for details.
  • IANA's Intermodal Expo will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center from Nov. 11 to 13. Click here for details.
  • The Port advanced $2.95 million to the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority to help the agency cover a temporary shortfall in its finances. ACTA recently closed a loan of $83.7 million with the Federal Railroad Administration, which is expected to eliminate the need for future shortfall advances.
  • Former Harbor Commissioner Mike Walter was honored by the International Seafarers Center of Long Beach-Los Angeles during its 2012 Maritime Industry Salute Dinner at the Queen Mary.
 
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