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  December 2012

Rail Progress at Port

In the new year, the Port will move forward with construction on three major rail projects that will improve and expand the use of on-dock rail. Envisioned for more than a decade, these projects are part of a larger Port-wide rail modernization program that will expedite the movement of cargo from our terminals to the rest of the country and help reduce truck trips from local roads.



Carrier Invests in Pier J

CMA CGM, the world’s third-largest container shipping line, has purchased a stake in Pier J. The move will bring an additional 2.6 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) to Long Beach and boost Port revenues by about $70 million over the next five years. The investment is CMA CGM’s first in a North American West Coast port and makes the Marseille, France-based ocean carrier a partner in the lease and operations of the 256-acre terminal operated by Pacific Container Terminal as a joint venture between SSA Marine and COSCO.



Cargo Volumes Up

Container volumes surged in November, with imports up 20.2 percent and exports up 24.6 percent compared with the same period a year ago. The jump in container traffic reflects an increase in ship calls to Long Beach, including services added in recent months by CMA CGM and MSC, two of the world’s largest container shipping companies.



Panama Canal Agreement Extended

Officials from the Port and the Panama Canal Authority met December 4 in Panama City to formally renew an agreement to jointly promote trade between Latin America and the U.S. and to share technical expertise in areas such as engineering, environmental protection and the reduction of greenhouse gases. First signed in 2010, the Memorandum of Understanding now extends through December 2017.



Labor Action Update

ILWU Local 63’s Office Clerical Unit and the Harbor Employers Association reached a tentative agreement for a four-year contract, ending a labor action that partially closed the Port for a week. The Port extended free time and waived demurrage and storage fees for the period between November 28 and December 4 when the labor action closed three of the Port’s six container terminals. The impacted terminals were LBCT (Pier F), ITS (Pier G) and TTI (Pier T). Importers, exporters or their agents are encouraged to contact their service providers for more information.


Break Bulk Lease

The Port has finalized a 10-year lease with CSA Equipment Company, LLC to operate a break bulk terminal on the southern end of Pier F. CSA is owned by longtime Port tenants Cooper/T. Smith Stevedoring Co., Inc. and SSA Marine. The new lease paves the way for terminal improvements and incorporates environmental provisions consistent with Port-wide requirements to reduce emissions from terminal operations. The Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the agreement December 17.


Chassis Group Update

The Port has established a web page to update stakeholders on efforts to find a more efficient chassis supply model for transporting containers through the San Pedro Bay port complex. The page explains the work of the Chassis Operations Group and provides updates to keep stakeholders informed, including links to meeting minutes, ongoing discussion topics and other resources.


Port and Parades

The Port sponsored and participated in the 30th Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade, held December 1; the 59th Annual Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade, held December 8; and the Naples Island 66th Annual Holiday Boat Parade, held December 15. Combined attendance for the three parades typically exceeds more than 80,000 people.

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Grant Finalized

The Port has finalized a contract with the Long Beach Unified School District to release grants funding of more than $3.5 million to the district for school site air pollution mitigation projects. The agreement allows LBUSD to move forward with up to 37 air-quality improvement projects throughout the district.


Pulse of the Port

Fighting pirates, feeding crews and keeping cargo moving by rail are among the inner workings of the Port spotlighted in the new installment of the "Pulse of the Port." The latest edition of the award-winning video series is playing now.

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  • Board of Harbor Commissioners President Susan E. Anderson Wise has named Commissioner Doug Drummond as the Port’s representative to the Gateway Cities Council of Governments Board of Directors. Commission Vice President Thomas Fields will serve as the alternate.
  • Heather Morris, the Port's director of communications and community relations, has retired from her post and will begin a new career with the Energy Coaltion, an Irvine-based non-profit organization.
  • Carnival Cruise Lines will expand services from Long Beach beginning January 26, 2014. The move will bring the total number of Carnival ships operating from Long Beach to three and make the Miami-based line the largest cruise operator in Southern California.
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