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  October 2013
 

Terminal Island's Other Bridge Project

In the shadow of the $1 billion Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project, work is underway to replace another aging span that connects Terminal Island to the mainland. The other bridge under construction is the Commodore Schuyler F. Heim Bridge, a vertical-lift span that opened in 1948 – 15 years before the Vincent Thomas Bridge and 20 years before the Gerald Desmond Bridge.

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August Cargo Volumes Hit 6-Year High

The Port of Long Beach moved more cargo in August 2013 than in any single month since October 2007. Volumes jumped 16 percent compared with the same month last year, with a 19.2 percent surge in imports and a 20.2 percent spike in exports. For 2013, overall containerized cargo shipments are up 13.6 compared with the first eight months of the previous year. August through October is traditionally the peak season for imports as retailers stock up for end-of-the-year holiday shopping.

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Port awards $2.6 million in mitigation grants

The Port of Long Beach has awarded more than $2.6 million to schools, parks, senior centers and health organizations to pay for 32 community-based projects that offset the cumulative environmental impacts of Port development. The latest round of Community Mitigation Grants brings the Port’s total investment in projects that reduce the impacts of air pollution, support renewable projects and promote health education to more than $17.4 million since 2009.

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Port launches Web-based procurement system

Doing business with the Port of Long Beach just got easier for vendors and contractors. The Port has launched a new Web-based procurement system called PB Systems provided by Planet Bids Inc. Key features include automatic notification of bid opportunities and addenda, and an improved application process for Small Business Enterprise certification.

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Sea turtle goes home

A rescued olive Ridley sea turtle is home again courtesy of the Port of Long Beach Harbor Patrol. The Harbor Patrol’s dive team piloted the boat that returned the reptile to sea after her recovery at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific. Wildlife veterinarians and biologists nursed the creature, known as LO13-1, back to health after she was found near death in January on the beach in Venice.

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Clean air progress

Real-time data collected at air quality monitoring stations from 2007 to 2012 validate technical studies that show key air pollutants are declining at the Port of Long Beach. The air monitoring stations track overall ambient air quality and meteorological conditions, including wind direction and speed, temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, rain and solar radiation. The results support the findings of the Port’s annual Air Emissions Inventory, which measures pollution from port-related sources and shows a dramatic reduction in harmful emissions.

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  • The Port of Long Beach is changing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) requirement to greater than 14,000 pounds for drayage trucks subject to compliance with its Clean Trucks Program. The change closes a loophole that had allowed a small number of Class 4-to-6 drayage trucks that do not meet 2007 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emission standards to continue calling at the Port of Long Beach. About 70 such trucks have been observed at the Port since the final phase of the progressive ban on older, dirty trucks took effect on Jan. 1, 2012. The change updates the tariff language, which referenced drayage trucks with a GVWR greater than 26,000 pounds.
  • Averaging 74 moves per hour, the Port of Long Beach ranks 13th among the world’s most productive ports in 2012, according to a recent Journal of Commerce analysis. The ranking was a three-way tie with the Port of Khor al Fakkan in the United Arab Emirates and Port Elizabeth in New Jersey. In the Americas, Long Beach and Elizabeth tied for the No. 1 spot. With an average 91 moves per hour, Long Beach’s Pacific Container Terminal on Pier J ranks 15th among the world’s most productive terminals.
  • The Long Beach City Council has approved the Port of Long Beach’s $1.02 billion budget for the 2014 fiscal year that began Oct. 1. The lion’s share of the spending plan, $788 million, represents the investment in capital projects the Port expects to make during the coming year.
  • The Port of Long Beach offers free workshops on the opportunities and advantages of doing business in a foreign trade zone (FTZ). Upcoming FTZ workshops will be held Oct. 2 in Irvine and Oct. 3 in San Fernando.
  • Union Pacific has unveiled a wedge-shaped semi-trailer, the Arrowhead, whose aerodynamic body is designed to save fuel and reduce emissions from double-stack intermodal trains. The company plans is introducing the innovation, which sits atop the first freight container, into rail service between Joliet, Ill., and Long Beach.
 
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