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  March 2013
 

Plug-In Ready

When it comes to reducing air pollution, the maritime industry in California faces a looming reality. Come Jan. 1, 2014, ships must "plug in." "Compliance is not optional," said T. L. Garrett, vice president of Pacific Merchant Shipping Association.

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Cargo Surge

Container volumes at the Port surged nearly 37 percent in February, with imports jumping nearly 46 percent and exports up more than 17 percent compared with the same period a year ago. February marks the fifth consecutive month of rising cargo volumes at the Port.

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Oil Terminal Study Approved

The Port and Vopak Terminals North America Inc. have signed a letter of intent to study development of a liquid bulk terminal on Pier T. The agreement paves the way for the Port to analyze the environmental impacts of a new terminal for importing crude oil, other liquid petroleum products and renewable fuels.

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Lytle Talks Panama Canal

The Port's ability to receive the biggest ships in the world fleet bodes well for business to remain robust when the expanded Panama Canal opens in 2015, said Port Executive Director J. Christopher Lytle. Lytle discussed the Port's strategy during a recent webinar hosted by DC Velocity on the Panama Canal expansion and its impact on U.S. importers, exporters and seaports.

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2013 Peak Season Forecast

Nearly 600 supply chain and logistics professionals attended the ninth annual "Pulse of the Ports: Peak Season Forecast" hosted by the Port on March 27 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Long Beach. The free event offered insights from experts on market forces driving cargo volumes and what to expect during this year's peak season.

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Port Goes Mobile

The Port's website is now in the palm of your hand. The Port has upgraded its website for easy access, navigation and reading on mobile devices and smaller screens. Visit the Port on smartphones and tablets at www.polb.com.

 
  • The OOCL Miami made its maiden call at the Port on Feb. 12. The Miami is OOCL's first 8,888-TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) vessel to call at Long Beach Container Terminal. At 8,888 TEU, it is one of the China-based carrier's largest ships and 8,888 is considered a lucky number in the Chinese culture.
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection has notified that federal sequestration cuts that took effect March 1 are expected to result in delays for cargo examinations and less flexibility in CBP operating hours. Visit polb.com for updates.
  • The U.S. Department of Transportation has cited the Port's Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project as an example of best practices in analyzing environmental justice issues during the environmental review process.
  • The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a $25,000 sponsorship of the International Association of Ports and Harbors 28th World Ports Conference May 6-10 in Los Angeles.
  • YRC Freight, a subsidiary of YRC Worldwide Inc., is partnering with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to purchase four LNG-fueled trucks to serve the Port and surrounding areas.
  • The Port awarded more than $600,000 in air pollution mitigation grant money to the Long Beach Comprehensive Health Center to establish the clinic's Heart Station cardiopulmonary lab.
 
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