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  April 2013
 

Capitalizing on Iron Ore Demand

SA Recycling and the Port of Long Beach are tapping into a promising new export market for an old product, iron ore. The dark heavy material is making a comeback fueled by the growing demand for raw materials in Asia's booming steel industry.

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Cargo Volumes Up

Container volumes at the Port rose 5.4 percent in March, with exports up nearly 8 percent compared with the same month in 2012. The increase represents a five-year high for domestic products moving through the Port to markets abroad. Imports were down 0.5 percent, compared with the same period last year. The dip is attributed to the Lunar New Year holiday season.

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Port Projects Create Jobs

Investment in infrastructure at the Port created 5,166 new construction-related jobs in 2012, a 73 percent increase over 2011. Most of the new jobs are linked to the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project and the Middle Harbor Redevelopment Program, the Port's two biggest projects under a $4.5 billion capital improvement program.

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Port Adopts Bridge Budget

The Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a $1.1 billion budget for the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement project. The project to replace the existing, outdated span is funded with contributions from county, state and federal sources, in addition to Port revenue. Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

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Aggregate Terminal Moves Forward

The Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved the Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for a proposed construction materials terminal to be operated by Eagle Rock Aggregate Inc. at Berth 44 on Pier D. The terminal is expected to be built by the end of 2013 and operating at full capacity by 2020.

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Green Port Gateway Kick Off

Officials kicked off the $84 million Green Port Gateway rail project recently. The project will realign a critical rail pathway to the Port's southeastern terminals and add rail support for the Port's new Middle Harbor Terminal that will increase capacity and improve the flow of cargo.

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  • The Board of Harbor Commissioners has voted to support the City of Long Beach's appeal of the Southern California International Gateway rail yard project. Commissioners directed Port staff to help find solutions to issues raised by the City concerning impacts of the proposed near-dock rail facility.
  • Former Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Mario Cordero was appointed by President Barack Obama as Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). He replaces outgoing Chairman Richard Lidinsky Jr.
  • U.S. Marines from Camp Pendleton came to the Port in early April to practice anti-piracy maneuvers. The military training exercise was conducted aboard a ship moored in the Port.
  • Pacific Harbor Line (PHL) has been named Veterans Employer of the Year by the California Employer Advisory Council. About one-fourth of PHL's employees are veterans or active-duty guardsmen and reservists.
  • Applications are being accepted for the Propeller Club-ILWU Memorial Scholarship for high school seniors interested in international trade and related fields. The deadline is May 10. Applications are available at http://propellerclublalb.org/2013PCScholarshipApplication.pdf.
  • George and Carmela Cunningham have been awarded a contract to write a Port of Long Beach history book. The text will include stories of the people and actions that shaped the history of the Port. George, an expert on the West Coast maritime industry, is the former publisher of The Cunningham Report. The Cunninghams also will assist in promoting the book after it is published next year.
 
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