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  August 2013
 

Making the Port a Hub for Industry

The Port of Long Beach is an economic engine that purrs like a luxury sedan. But Thomas Fields believes it has the potential to roar like a racecar. "As the nation's second busiest trade gateway, we are an ideal nucleus for a cluster of economic activity built on the maritime industry," said Fields, the President of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. "There is so much opportunity."

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Less Pollution, Better Air

The latest results of the Port of Long Beach's annual emissions inventory mark the sixth straight year of significant air quality gains in the Port's ongoing efforts to reduce harmful emissions from port-related operations. The newly released findings show the Port's pollution reduction programs have cut diesel particulates 81 percent since 2005. Likewise, smog-forming nitrogen oxides have fallen 54 percent and sulfur oxides have plummeted 88 percent over the same period. Greenhouse gases are down 24 percent.

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Long Beach to Ease Dockage Fees

The Port of Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners is expected to finalize a new incentive aimed at reducing dockage fees for vessel operators when the commission meets Sept. 3. The incentive, a new method of calculating dockage, is an assessment based on six-hour increments after the first 24 hours a ship is at berth. Presently, dockage is charged on a 24-hour basis, with no adjustment for incremental time after the first full day. Based on dockage revenues for 2012, the new calculation is expected to save ship operators an estimated $1.2 million. The tariff change is due to take effect Dec. 1.

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July Cargo Volumes Up

Container cargo shipments at the Port of Long Beach climbed 7.6 percent in July compared with the same month last year. Imports jumped 12.9 percent, and exports increased 6.2 percent. Year-to-date, 13.2 percent more cargo moved through the Port compared with the first seven months of the previous year. Factors include larger ships calling more frequently and new service lines added in late 2012.

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Green Port Welcomes Green Tug

Harley Marine Services has put its cleanest, most powerful tugboat in service at the San Pedro Bay ports. The M/V Robert Franco, which represents a $13 million investment, is a state-of-the-art tractor tug that can accommodate the largest container ships and tankers calling at the nation's busiest port complex. The craft is equipped with Tier 3 engines that reduce nitrogen oxides by 40 percent and particulate matter by 73 percent when compared to similar Tier 1 engines.

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Acting Director of Environmental Planning Named

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has appointed Heather Tomley as the Port's Acting Director of Environmental Planning. Tomley fills the post formerly held by Rick Cameron, who was promoted in July to Acting Managing Director of Environmental Affairs and Planning. Tomley joined the Port in 2005 shortly after the adoption of the Green Port Policy and is a key member of the environmental team that pioneered the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan.

 
  • Clean hybrid technology for harbor tugboats developed by Foss Maritime and Aspin Kemp & Associates has earned verification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA verification of the XeroPoint Hybrid Tug Retrofit System, tested in the San Pedro Bay ports, showed the hybrid technology demonstrated a 30 percent fuel savings while reducing nitrogen oxides by 30 percent and particulate matter by 25 percent.
  • The Port of Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved the transfer of more than $18.3 million to the City of Long Beach's Tidelands Operating Fund. The amount represents the largest sum of harbor revenues going into the fund, which helps pay for municipal beach and marina services, since the first transfer in 1995.
  • W.E. O'Neil Construction Co. of El Segundo has been awarded a $29.8 million contract to build the Port's Pier E Marine Operations Building and Power/Crane Maintenance Shop. The project is a key component of the Port's $1.2 billion Middle Harbor Redevelopment Program.
  • The Port of Long Beach has awarded a $60,000 grant to The Children's Clinic to fund a rooftop solar system for their Central Long Beach facility. Funding for the renewable energy project comes from the Port's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Mitigation Grant Program.
 
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