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  July/August 2013
 

Ports Help Firms Save and Grow with Trade Zone

Tri-Link, a global logistics provider specializing in getting wines and liquors from vintners to commercial airlines, is growing its business — thanks to the Port of Long Beach. Earlier this year, the Port helped Tri-Link obtain status as a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) operator in Southern California, positioning the company's new facility in Carson to prosper.

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Ramp Comes Down, Bridge Work Under Way

Construction has begun on the $1 billion span to replace the Gerald Desmond Bridge. Due to be completed in 2016, work started this month with permanent removal of the westbound Pier T exit ramp to make way for the first sections of the new structure. An iconic landmark that will reach 515 feet above the Long Beach skyline, the new bridge will accommodate a new generation of ships and and current and future commuter and truck traffic.

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June Cargo Volumes Flat

Container cargo shipments at the Port of Long Beach rose marginally in June, with overall traffic up 1.8 percent compared with the same period one year ago. Imports were up 3.5 percent, and exports registered a 0.1 percent increase. Year-to-date, volume for the first half of 2013 shows an overall increase of 14.2 percent compared with the first six months of 2012.

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Big Ship Dockage Incentive Continued

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has extended a program to reward ocean carriers who bring their largest container ships to Long Beach. The Dockage Incentive Program for Larger Container Vessels caps dockage fees for any container vessel larger than 345 meters in length at $8,461 per day — a break of more than 23 percent off the full rate. The discount rewards carriers who route their newest and most efficient ships to Long Beach.

 

New Manila to Long Beach Service

Pacific International Lines (PIL) has launched direct weekly liner service from the Philippines to Long Beach. On its maiden voyage from Manila, the Kota Wangi arrived in Long Beach on July 12. The enhancement, which expands PIL's China Transpacific (CTP) service, has a transit time of 23 days and is the only direct container service from the Philippines to the U.S.

 

Clean Air Awards

The Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles recently honored five companies for their leadership and innovation in cutting air pollution from port-related operations in the San Pedro Bay. The companies — Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, OOCL USA Inc., Foss Maritime Co., APL and Knight Transportation — were recognized at the 6th Annual Clean Air Action Plan Air Quality Awards luncheon held July 18 in San Pedro.

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Acting Managers Named

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has appointed Rick Cameron as the Port's Acting Managing Director of Environmental Affairs and Planning, and Sean Gamette as Acting Assistant Managing Director of Engineering/Acting Chief Harbor Engineer. Cameron, the Port's Director of Environmental Planning, is filling the Port's top environmental position while the Board conducts a search for a permanent successor to Dr. Robert Kanter. Kanter, one of the chief architects of the industry-leading Green Port Policy and Clean Air Action Plan, retired in June after 23 years with the Port. Gamette, a Deputy Chief Harbor Engineer, is filling the position held by Al Moro while Moro serves as Acting Executive Director. A search to fill the top management post is ongoing.

 

New Communications Director

Michael Gold has joined the Port of Long Beach as its new Director of Communications and Community Relations. Gold, who has more than 16 years experience in public affairs, will manage the Port's media relations and community and education outreach initiatives.

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Anaheim Street Improvement Project to Start Soon

A construction project to repave and improve Anaheim Street in West Long Beach from the Los Angeles River to 9th Street is due to begin in August. Businesses on or near Anaheim Street will remain open and accessible during the 14-month project. The Port of Long Beach, in partnership with the Long Beach Public Works Department, is improving the corridor to provide a smoother, safer roadway for all motorists.

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  • Effective Aug. 19, the Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) will increase 8.1 percent for non-exempt containers moving by truck through the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles weekdays between 3 a.m. and 6 p.m. The increase adds $5 per twenty-foot equivalent unit for a new rate of $66.50 per TEU and $133 per 40-foot container. The fee, set by the West Coast Marine Terminal Operators Agreement to fund night and weekend gates, was created in 2005 to reduce daytime traffic congestion and pollution.
 
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