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  June 2013
 

Earning Green By Going Green

Effective July 1, shipping lines that deploy their cleanest ships to the Port of Long Beach will find it easier to qualify for the Port's Green Ship Incentive Program. That's because the Port has cast a wider net by offering incentives based on the ships' actual emissions reduction.

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Fields Elected Commission President

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has elected board member Thomas Fields as its President for a one-year term. Fields, a Long Beach advertising executive and former city planning commissioner, was appointed to a six-year term on the Harbor Commission in 2009 by Mayor Bob Foster. Commissioner Nick Sramek was elected Vice President, and Commissioner Doug Drummond was voted Secretary. Commissioners Susan E. Anderson Wise and Rich Dines will serve as Assistant Secretaries. The Board held its annual officers election at its June 17 meeting. All terms begin July 1.

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Interim Port Leaders Named

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has appointed Al Moro as the Port's Acting Executive Director and Dr. Noel Hacegaba as Acting Deputy Executive Director. Moro, a civil engineer who joined the Port in 1997, has been serving as Chief Harbor Engineer with administrative and technical oversight of the Port's construction programs. Hacegaba has been serving as the Executive Officer to the Board since he joined the Port in 2010. The two will serve while the Board conducts a search for a permanent successor to outgoing Executive Director J. Christopher Lytle and a candidate for the vacant Deputy Director position.

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Cargo Volumes Climb

Container cargo shipments at the Port of Long Beach rose more than 17 percent in May, with some of the highest volumes in almost three years. Imports, which surged more than 22 percent, were the highest since August 2010. Exports, up nearly 14 percent, were the highest since October 2010. Overall, container volumes are up 17.2 percent for the first five months of 2013 compared with the same period last year.

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Commission Approves 2013-14 Budget

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a $1.02 billion budget that reflects the Port's commitment to modernizing its facilities. Investment in capital projects for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 totals $788 million, an increase of 6 percent compared with the current budget year. The new budget also projects record revenues of $375 million and anticipates spending $73 million on environmental programs. The budget will be presented in July to the Long Beach City Council for final approval.

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Shipping Lines Earn Green Awards

The Port of Long Beach has honored shipping lines for greening their operations and/or deploying clean vessels to the Port. Three carriers – Hanjin, MSC and OOCL – won both: the Green Flag Award for slowing their ships within 20 to 40 nautical miles of the Port, and the Green Ship Award for routing their cleanest vessels to Long Beach. Another 10 carriers earned Green Flags and seven won Green Ship awards.

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FMC Chairman Honored

The Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles recently honored Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero. Cordero was appointed FMC Chairman in April after having been named to the commission by President Barack Obama in 2011. Cordero is a former Long Beach Harbor Commissioner who joined the Board in 2003 and served until his appointment to the FMC. More than 130 government leaders and dignitaries attended the festivities held June 10 aboard the USS Iowa in San Pedro.

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  • U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has appointed Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, to the National Freight Advisory Committee. The appointment is for a two-year term to serve as one of 47 voting members from outside the Department of Transportation.
  • The Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles have extended their contract with PierPass Inc. for truck gate data services. The two-year extension reflects a 12.5 percent reduction in monthly fees for a total cost of $84,000 per port from July 2013 through June 2015.
  • Nearly 2,500 people rode the rails at the Port of Long Beach during the Port's free Train Tours offered June 1-2. The one-hour tours showcased marine terminals, rail operations and development projects at the nation's second-busiest container port.
 
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