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  January 2013

Green Ship Incentive Program

For the past six months, the Port has been offering financial rewards to ocean carriers who bring their Tier 2 vessels to Long Beach as part of an environmental program designed to attract the world's greenest ships. Companies get $2,500 for every Tier 2 vessel they route to the Port, but only about 40 percent of qualifying ships have claimed their rewards so far.



Cargo Volumes Up

The Port recorded its busiest December ever for inbound containers and overall container traffic increased 9.8 percent compared with the same month in 2011. December is typically a slow period, but last month showed increased traffic largely due to additional services provided by two of the world's largest container shipping companies, MSC and CMA CGM.



Bridge Construction Begins

Officials celebrated the beginning of construction on the $1 billion project to replace the aging Gerald Desmond Bridge. Under the theme "Building Bridges – Raising Economies," federal, state and local officials gathered Jan. 8 near the base of the existing bridge to mark the beginning of the four-year construction project. The bridge is a critical link in the nation's transportation system. The project will create an average of 3,000 jobs annually during construction.



Middle Harbor Budget Approved

The Board of Harbor Commissioners formally approved a $1.2 billion budget for the Middle Harbor Terminal Redevelopment Project at its Jan. 22 meeting. The project combines Piers D, E and F into a modern 304-acre terminal with upgraded wharves, improved water access and backlands, and expanded on-dock rail. The project will generate 1,000 construction jobs annually, and is due to be completed in 2019. The new terminal is expected to create about 14,000 permanent jobs in Southern California.

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State of the Port Address

Executive Director J. Christopher Lytle will give an update on the Port's $4.5 billion capital improvement program and how projects are strengthening the economy, creating jobs and boosting the Port's competitive edge, during his 2013 State of the Port Address. Lytle speaks Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Long Beach Convention Center's Grand Ballroom.



Boosting Terminal Productivity

PierPASS Inc. has rolled out a new program it says will improve turn times at the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles by offering tips for reducing problems for truckers. Trucking companies can avoid most "trouble tickets" by checking a terminal website in advance to verify the availability of cargo. Other tips are available at the PierPASS website, PierPASS is a nonprofit consortium of terminal operators at the two ports.



Mitigation Projects Approved

The Board of Harbor Commissioners approved two contracts and an agreement, valued at more than $750,000, that advance Port-supported community mitigation projects at their Jan. 22 meeting. The grants will help upgrade heating, air-conditioning and air-filtration systems at some city schools, help restore the western arm of Colorado Lagoon and fund the planting of 6,000 trees around Long Beach.

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Port Sponsors MLK Parade

The Port participated in the 25th Annual Martin Luther King Jr., Peace and Unity Parade and Celebration Jan. 19 in Long Beach. Commissioner Nick Sramek rode in the Port's eco-friendly Prius. Thousands attended the annual celebration, which the Port helped sponsor.


Honors for Port

The Southern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association honored Port engineers with its 2012 Project of the Year Award, for their Traffic/Directional Sign Inventory and Management System project. The Port also received the 2012 Organization of the Year Award from the Long Beach Aquatic Capital of America Foundation.


Port Executive at Electronics Conference

Director of Information Management Doug Albrecht represented the Port as a featured speaker at the 8th Annual Consumer Electronics Association Government Conference, Jan. 7-9 in Las Vegas. Albrecht spoke on "Technology as Port Infrastructure: Where We Are and a Look Ahead." The 2013 program focused on global commerce and ports of entry. The annual event brings together members of Congress and their staffs, along with federal, state, local and international leaders and private sector executives to discuss technology and related issues.

  • Art Wong has been named Acting Director of Communications and Community Relations at the Port. Wong, who joined the Port in 1998, had been serving as Assistant Director of Communications and Public Information Officer.
  • Harbor City-based Balqon Corp. has been awarded a $925,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop three on-road electric drayage trucks for use at the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles.
  • The International Maritime Organization has adopted shipping lane changes where routes intersect with three national marine sanctuaries off the California coast. Aimed at protecting whales, the changes affect navigation in the Santa Barbara Channel, off San Francisco and in approaches to the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.
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