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Tie Lines
  October 2012
 

Being Big-Ship Ready

To understand what it means for the Port to be "big-ship" ready, consider that a deep channel is only the beginning. How about having bollards strong enough to secure a 150,000-ton ship, cranes tall and long enough to reach the containers, and operational support to handle nearly double the capacity of your typical container ship? Port of Long Beach Chief Harbor Engineer Al Moro explains.

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New Security Director

The Port's new Director of Security, Randy Parsons, will assume his post on November 5. Parsons was the federal security director sat Los Angeles International Airport. An FBI veteran, Parsons has had a distinguished and varied career in counterterrorism, transportation security and law enforcement. Parsons also has extensive experience in private sector security and education. He currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development and on the Government Advisory Committee for the USC Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events. Parsons follows former Director of Security Cosmo Perrone, who retired in 2011.

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Rail Project Contract Awarded

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has awarded a $36.8 million contract for the first of four planned rail network improvement projects to Ames Construction, Inc. The Green Port Gateway project will improve on-dock rail connections, provide storage tracks, realign tracks along Ocean Boulevard, and eliminate an at-grade crossing to improve traffic flow. Construction is scheduled to begin in November.

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Cargo Volumes Mixed

Container traffic volumes at the Port were mixed in September, with imports up marginally at 0.7 percent and exports down slightly at 2.8 percent compared with the same period a year ago. Overall, container traffic was down 2.9 percent. Calendar-year-to-date, cargo volumes are down 4.4 percent.

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Pollution Reduction Grant

The Port has received a $1.34 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to replace diesel-operated yard tractors with cleaner cargo handling equipment. The funds will help SSA Terminals defray the cost of retrofitting rubber-tired gantry cranes at Piers A and J. The grant also will help Long Beach Container Terminal purchase new yard tractors that run on electricity for use at Pier F and the new Middle Harbor terminal. The total investment is $3.98 million; SSA and LBCT will pay for whatever is not covered by the grant.

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Port Rail Tours

Close to 3,000 people had a chance to ride the rails at the Port during weekend train tours held October 20 and 21. The free event, booked solid within days of its announcement, offered the public a rare behind-the-scenes look at Port operations and the importance of rail to the clean and efficient movement of cargo.

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In Memoriam

Friends and family of the Port are mourning the passing of former Community Relations Manager Steven Macias, who died earlier this month at his home in Long Beach. He was 55. Macias, who retired in January after more than 21 years with the Port, spearheaded many of the Port's ongoing community programs and was known as the "Face of the Port" for building bridges between the Port and the community.

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Women in Trade

Nearly 200 women attended the Port's Second Annual Women in Trade Luncheon celebrating the important role women play in the goods movement industry. The event also introduced young women to career opportunities in trade, including about 80 members of Female Leadership Academy chapters representing high schools throughout the Long Beach Unified School District. Susan E. Anderson Wise, President of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, welcomed the group and facilitated a panel of guest speakers.

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Pulse of the Port

In the latest installment of the award-winning "Pulse of the Port" series, board a trans-Pacific car carrier for an inside look at a "RO-RO" ship; check out the largest container ship to call on North America; and take a look at a planned development for Pier S, the last piece of undeveloped land in the Port, some interesting landscaping, and young artists.

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  • The governing board of the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) Joint Powers Authority will meet November 13 at 6 p.m. Agenda includes an update on the pending draft environmental impact report for the proposed modernization and expansion of ICTF. The public meeting will be held at the Silverado Park Social Hall, 1545 W. 31st St., Long Beach. Meeting details will be posted on the JPA's website: www.ICTF-JPA.org
  • The bicycle and pedestrian path that will be built as part of the replacement of the Gerald Desmond Bridge will be named for the late Mark Bixby, a cycling advocate and member of one Long Beach's founding families.
  • The Long Beach City College Workforce Development unit and the Harbor Trucking Association have teamed up to launch a Harbor Truck Driver Training Program.
  • Preparations are under way for the next Sea Launch mission, a December launch of the EUTELSAT-70B communications satellite.
 
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