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  Oct.-Nov. 2013
 

Bridge Project's Oil Roots Run Deep

Giant bridges are always engineering marvels. The new Gerald Desmond Bridge will also be a wonder, with towers rising more than 500 feet into the air and a roadway standing 205 feet over the water. Building the new bridge begins with a unique engineering challenge – not up high but down deep in the earth.

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Port Ready for Shore Power Deadline

The Port of Long Beach is ready to meet California's mandate for at least half of all container ships to run on shore-side electricity at berth beginning Jan. 1, 2014. With only a few finishing touches remaining, the work is getting done ahead of the state's deadline and under budget.

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Cargo Volumes Keep Rising

Container cargo shipments jumped 14.7 percent at the Port of Long Beach during September compared with the same month a year ago. The increase reflects double-digit gains in trade activity during this year's pre-holiday shopping peak season, with imports up 16.2 percent and exports up 17.2 percent. Year-to-date, 13.7 percent more containerized cargo moved through the Port compared with the first three quarters of 2012. September ranks as the second busiest month, behind August, for 2013.

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Partners Explore Chassis Supply Models

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a contract with the consulting firm of Palazzolo & Associates, Inc. to come up with options for an efficient chassis supply model that supports trade through the San Pedro Bay ports. The Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles are jointly funding the $193,150 contract under a cost-sharing agreement. The contract supports the ongoing work of the Chassis Operations Group, a collaborative of public and private sector partners formed to seek a new model for managing and supplying chassis to the region.

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Grain Terminal, Pier S Navigational Projects Approved

Two major development projects – a proposed grain export terminal and Inner Harbor channel improvements – have cleared the environmental review process. On Sept. 30, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved a grain transfer facility proposed by Total Terminals International for its Pier T facility and certified its environmental impact report. On Oct. 29, the Board similarly approved the Port's Pier S environmental impact report and a permit for navigational improvements to the Back Channel and the Cerritos Channel and a shore realignment at Pier S. Landside development of the Pier S site will require future environmental review.

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Sisterhood with Busan, South Korea

The Port of Long Beach and the Busan Port Authority are signing a Sister Port Agreement at a Nov. 4 ceremony in Busan, South Korea. The agreement affirming the two seaports' friendship and their mutually beneficial working relationship has grown out of numerous exchanges on environmental and engineering projects. Board of Harbor Commissioners President Thomas Fields is signing the agreement on behalf of the Port of Long Beach.

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Port Captured in Photos for Arts Month

An exhibition of Port of Long Beach photographs will be on display Nov. 2-22 at Bungalow Galleries, 727 Pine Ave., Long Beach. The exhibit, organized in conjunction with the Arts Council for Long Beach, is the result of a workshop and photographic harbor tour hosted by the Port in October. An opening reception for the exhibit is Nov. 2 from 6-10 p.m.; the public is invited.

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Historical Port Publications Now Online

Port publications from the late 1950s through the 2000s are now available online. The Harbor Highlights and later Interport magazines cover the years 1958-2005, and feature stories on day-to-day Port activities, photos — many in color — of important events and guests, and the Port's annual reports, which show how trade, cargo and revenue developed over the last half-century.

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  • The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners was among the individuals and groups honored by the Long Beach Branch of the NAACP at its 34th Founders Celebration Dinner & Awards Presentation. The local chapter of the nation's oldest civil rights organization recognized the Board of Harbor Commissioners with its Community Service Award. The annual event was held Oct. 5 at the Long Beach Hilton Hotel.
  • W.E. O'Neil Construction Co. has been awarded a $6 million contract to build a state-of-the-art Battery Exchange Building on Pier E. The project is a key component of the Port's $1.2 billion Middle Harbor Redevelopment Program.
  • Effective Oct. 9, Hanjin Shipping and Evergreen Marine Corp. have merged their Far East-U.S. West Coast services – CAX and CPS2 – into a combined loop during the post-peak season for trans-Pacific trade. The port rotation is Ningbo, Shanghai, Busan, Long Beach, Oakland, Tokyo, Osaka and back to Ningbo.
  • The California Department of Transportation has awarded the City of Long Beach a $225,000 Environmental Justice Planning Grant to study transforming a one-mile stretch of the Terminal Island Freeway into an 88-acre greenbelt in West Long Beach. The segment is the northernmost leg of State Route 103 between Pacific Coast Highway and Willow Street, and links the ports with the Union Pacific rail yard, the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility.
 
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