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  November 2012
 

Green Flag Program Continued

The Board of Harbor Commissioners has voted to extend the Green Flag Program, the Port of Long Beach's pioneering vessel speed reduction program, for an eighth year. Participating vessel operators have saved close to $10 million in dockage fees since the incentive was introduced in 2006.

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Labor Action

Due to a labor action that began Wednesday, November 28, three of the six container terminals at the Port were closed as of Friday, November 30. The impacted terminals, as of Friday, are LBCT (Pier F), ITS (Pier G) and TTI (Pier T). All other terminals, including non-container facilities, were open for business. For updates visit www.polb.com.

 

Interim Headquarters

The Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved the purchase of an office building near the Long Beach Airport to serve as the Port of Long Beach's temporary administrative offices. The Port is expected to relocate its administrative operations to the building sometime next year.

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Cargo Volumes Rebound

Container volumes at the Port rose in October, including a 15.2 percent jump in imports. The activity reflects a larger rebound of peak season cargo for 2012, with imports up 6 percent between August and October compared with the same period last year. Exports rose 12.8 percent in October compared to a year ago.

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Panama Canal Agreement

The Board of Harbor Commissioners approved a five-year extension to a Memorandum of Understanding between the Port and the Panama Canal Authority on November 19. Signed in 2010, the agreement calls for the parties to jointly promote trade and economic growth and share best practices in engineering, environmental protection and the reduction of greenhouse gases. The extension runs through December 2017.

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New Fireboats

The Port has awarded a $51.6 million contract to Foss Maritime Co., of Seattle, to build two new state-of-the-art fireboats that will enhance the Port's security and emergency response capabilities. The first vessel is scheduled to be delivered in 2014, with the second to follow in 2015. The new boats will replace the Challenger (pictured) and the Liberty, which were built in 1986.

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Pulse of the Port

Keeping things moving is the theme of the newest installment of the award-winning "Pulse of the Port" video series. Watch the construction of the Port's new state-of-the art Maintenance Facility and post-Panamax gantry cranes at work, and check in on the Green Port Gateway rail project, a recent celebration of women in international trade, and a behind-the-scenes train tour that drew nearly 3,000 people to the Port.

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Port Wins Top AAPA Communications Award

For the second year in a row, the Port has won the prestigious Dan Maynard Award for Excellence in Communications. Heather Morris, Director of the Communications and Community Relations Division, accepted the award at the 2012 American Association of Port Authorities Annual Convention, held in Mobile, Ala., in October. Morris was also a featured speaker on innovative approaches to port challenges, and Sean Strawbridge, Managing Director of Trade Development and Port Operations, spoke on ports' role in enhancing global supply chain security and resiliency.

 
  • The Port sponsored and participated in a jobs conference that drew more than 300 people to the Long Beach Convention Center on November 17. The Port contributed $10,000 to sponsor the event, "Getting Back to Work 2012: A Summit on Job Creation and Small Business in Long Beach," and participated in the workshops for small business.
  • The Port sponsored and participated in the 16th Annual Long Beach Veterans Day Parade, held November 10 in North Long Beach to honor veterans and active military personnel. Board of Commissioners Vice President Thomas Fields and Secretary Nick Sramek attended, and Commissioner Doug Drummond rode in the parade. Watch the video. The Port also sponsored the 5th Annual "Honoring Those Who Serve" Luncheon, held November 9 in downtown Long Beach. The event is a fundraiser for U.S. VETS, which helps veterans with finding jobs, counseling and housing.
  • The U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy recently recognized the Port for its participation in military operations in support of national security and American forces. In August, the Harbor Patrol Boat Operations and Commercial Dive Unit partnered with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force to conduct a vessel search and seizure training exercise aboard the SS Cape Inscription. During April and May, Port security, engineering and trade staff helped the Navy with a complex real-world operation that involved loading four mine countermeasure vessels on a semi-submersible ship.
 
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