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  May 2013
 

Making a Green Investment

It's no secret that the playground equipment for the new Baker Street Park in Long Beach was made possible with the help of a $100,000 donation from Long Beach Container Terminal, a tenant at the Port of Long Beach since 1986. But what isn't well known is that LBCT and its parent company, Orient Overseas Container Line Ltd., paid for the contribution with money OOCL saved from participating in the Port's Green Flag/Vessel Speed Reduction Program.

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Port Director Leaving Long Beach

Port Executive Director J. Christopher Lytle has announced he will resign to take the top post at the Port of Oakland. Lytle will remain at the Port of Long Beach until mid-July when he will transition to the new job. The Board of Harbor Commissioners will move quickly to identify top candidates to fill the position.

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Cargo Volumes Up

Container volumes at the Port of Long Beach rose 12.5 percent in April, with exports climbing 14.5 percent and imports up 13.5 percent compared with the same month last year. The increase reflects a continuing trend of steady growth in container traffic at the Port since the fourth quarter of 2012. Overall, container volumes are up 17.2 percent for the first four months of 2013 compared with the same period last year.

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Port Adopts Energy Policy

The Port of Long Beach has adopted a new policy to guide its use of energy into the future. In anticipation of higher demand for electricity to cut pollution while moving cargo more efficiently, the policy establishes the Port's commitment to strategies that increase efficiency, conservation, resiliency and use of renewable energy in collaboration with industry, labor, the community, other city departments, and additional stakeholders.

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Shore Power Summit

Mayor Bob Foster and more than 100 participants representing local and state government, the maritime industry, environmental groups, and others attended the Port of Long Beach's Shore Power Summit held May 6. Hosted by the Board of Harbor Commissioners, the summit provided updates on new state rules that will require at least 50 percent of an ocean carrier's fleet of container, reefer and cruise ships calling at six California ports, including Long Beach, Los Angeles and Oakland, to plug into shore power at berth. The requirement, which also requires fleets to decrease their emissions by 50 percent, takes effect Jan. 1, 2014.

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2013 Port Scholars

The Port of Long Beach awarded $58,000 in scholarships to 24 local students to help them pursue careers in international trade and goods movement. The group, which ranges from college-bound high school seniors to mid-career professionals in advanced degree programs, was honored at a formal ceremony April 23.

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Port and Executive Director Honored

For the 16th time in 18 years, the Port of Long Beach has been named "Best Seaport in North America" by Cargonews Asia. The Port also was among the recipients of the 2013 Federal Maritime Commission Chairman's Earth Day Awards. Outgoing FMC Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky Jr. chose the Port for its commitment to mitigating the environmental impacts of international shipping and encouraging sustainability in Port operations. Individually, Port Executive Director J. Christopher Lytle was one of four recipients of the California Conference for Equality and Justice's Humanitarian of the Year Awards. Lytle was honored for promoting health and advancing green initiatives at the Port.

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  • The Port will hold a public hearing June 5 to gather comments on a proposed grain export facility at Pier T. The hearing on the project's recirculated draft environmental impact report will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Long Beach City Hall. Written comments will be accepted through June 17.
  • The Board of Harbor Commissioners voted May 13 to reject a proposed 1.7 percent general rate increase. The Board discussed revisiting the proposal in January 2014.
  • Board of Harbor Commissioners President Susan E. Anderson Wise was among the featured speakers at the International Association of Ports and Harbors 28th World Ports Conference held May 6-10 in Los Angeles. Wise participated in IAPH's first Women's Forum.
  • The Board of Harbor Commissioners has endorsed the federal Water Resources Development Act of 2013. The legislation would require all Harbor Maintenance Tax revenues paid by shippers on the value of imported goods to be used for maintenance of navigable U.S. waterways and proposes a framework for allocating the funds.
 
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