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  December 2013
 

New Face on Commission

Lori Ann Farrell, a former Chief Financial Officer for the City of Long Beach, will fill one of two vacancies on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. The appointment marks only the second time in the Port of Long Beach’s 102-year history that more than one woman will serve on the Port governing board at the same time.

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Cargo Volumes Continue to Rise

Capping a robust peak season, container cargo shipments rose 8.7 percent at the Port of Long Beach in October compared with the same month a year ago. Imports climbed 7.8 percent and exports were up 6 percent. October marks the end of the annual three-month period when U.S. retailers stock their shelves in advance of the holidays. This year, overall peak season container traffic was up 14.4 percent compared with the previous three-month period. Year-to-date, the Port has moved 13.2 percent more containerized cargo than it did for the first 10 months of 2012.

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EPA Chief Tours Port

Newly appointed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy toured the Port of Long Beach Nov. 21. During her visit, McCarthy got a firsthand look at EPA grant-funded cargo-handling equipment, clean tugboats and ship emissions control systems that have helped the Port achieve dramatic reductions in air pollution. Confirmed to the top post in July, McCarthy joined the EPA as an assistant administrator in 2009. She replaced former EPA Chief Lisa Jackson, who visited the Port in April 2012.

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Port Raises Top Pay for Executive Director, Increases Staff

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has voted to increase the maximum pay for the executive director’s position to $350,000 a year. The increase reflects the Board’s commitment to offering the Port’s chief executive a salary commensurate with other major U.S. ports; the search for a new executive director is ongoing. Approved Nov. 18, the increase was part of a larger salary resolution that gives the Port the ability to add approximately 35 new positions to the Port’s existing staff of more than 450 employees. The resolution is subject to final approval by the City Council.

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Port Repeals Infrastructure Cargo Fee

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has eliminated an infrastructure cargo fee added to the Port tariff nearly six years ago but never collected. The Board voted unanimously Nov. 18 to repeal the fee, originally established to help fund major road and rail projects. The Port is moving forward with more than $4 billion worth of capital improvements. Construction includes the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project, one of the high-priority projects for which the unused fee had been created.

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Corte Real Makes North American Debut in Long Beach

The CMA CGM Corte Real arrived Nov. 6 at the Port of Long Beach on its maiden voyage to North America. The ship, which has the capacity to handle nearly 14,000 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs), made more than 10,000 container moves during its four-day stay. The vessel docked at Pier J where CMA CGM, the world’s third-largest ocean carrier, is a partner with SSA Marine and COSCO in the marine terminal operated by Pacific Container Terminal. A ceremony was held Nov. 7 to welcome the vessel, which is entering service in the Asia-Europe lanes.

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Women in Trade

More than 200 women attended the Port’s third annual Celebrating Women in Trade Luncheon held Nov. 14 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. The event celebrates the role women play in goods movement and the maritime industry and introduces young women to industry professionals and career opportunities in international trade and related fields. Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Susan E. Anderson Wise welcomed the group and moderated a panel of guest speakers.

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Middle Harbor Project Wins Environmental Award

The Western Dredging Association has given the Port of Long Beach’s Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project its Silver Award for Environmental Excellence Award in Navigation Dredging. The project was a 2013 WEDA award winner for its successful sediment management plan and use of dredged material from the Port and third-party sources. A key feature is a fill site of approximately 65 acres of new land for a marine container terminal. The site provided a beneficial reuse rate of more than 90 percent for all dredged material produced in Los Angeles and Orange counties for the past two years.

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Commissioners Honor Venieris

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has honored Marianne Venieris, who is retiring after more than 17 years as executive director of the Center for International Trade and Transportation at California State University, Long Beach. A highly respected educator, Venieris has won numerous awards for pioneering innovative graduate and professional development programs – the Global Logistics Specialist and Marine Terminal Operations Professional programs among others – to train those entering and working in international trade, logistics and the maritime industry. An industry leader for more than 20 years, Venieris also serves as Deputy Director of METRANS Transportation Center and is a board member of the California Marine and Intermodal Transportation Advisory Council (CALMITSAC). The Board honored her Dec. 2.

 
  • The Harbor Trucking Association has announced a plan to launch a feature on its website that reports turn times at marine container terminals in the San Pedro Bay ports. The group will use GPS data to track gate moves and wait times. The project is due to begin in December, with the data updated on a monthly basis.
  • The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a project to build a 250,000-square-foot cold storage facility on privately owned land within the Port. The developer is Baker Cold Storage Inc.
  • The Port of Long Beach and the Busan Port Authority signed a Sister Port Agreement at a Nov. 4 ceremony in Busan, South Korea. The agreement affirms the seaports’ friendship and mutually beneficial working relationship stemming from numerous exchanges on environmental and engineering projects.
 
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