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  January 2014
 

Big, Bright Outlook Ahead for Port

The Port of Long Beach will handle more cargo and continue to invest in infrastructure this year. “The future is bright,” said Al Moro, Acting Executive Director, who delivered the 2014 State of the Port Address to more than 700 people at the Westin Long Beach Hotel during the annual event held Jan. 23. “And for us, the future is big.”

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2013 Cargo Adds Up to Long Beach’s Third-Busiest Trade Year

The Port of Long Beach moved 11.3 percent more shipping container units last year compared with the previous year, ending 2013 as the third-busiest year in the Port’s history. Container traffic for 2013 totaled 6,730,573 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units), with imports up 12.8 percent and exports up 10.7 percent for the year. Export activity hit a record high, with the Port shipping 1,704,932 TEUs overseas. The numbers reflect the growing strength of the U.S. economy and progress in narrowing the trade gap between imported goods and the global demand for U.S. products.

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Commission Elects New Officers

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has elected Doug Drummond as its new Board President. In addition to chairing the commission and running its meetings, the Board President often represents the Port to the public and the shipping industry. During a special election held Dec. 17, commissioners also elected Rich Dines as Vice President. Both Drummond and Dines joined the commission in 2011. Lori Ann Farrell, the commission’s newest member, was elected as Secretary, and Susan Anderson Wise, a commissioner since 2008 and former Board President, is now Assistant Secretary.

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Port Productivity and Efficiency Committee Formed

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has created a Special Advisory Committee on Port Productivity and Efficiency that will focus on moving cargo more effectively and efficiently through the Port of Long Beach. Vice President Rich Dines is heading the committee, which will study future infrastructure needs and opportunities for improving terminal efficiencies in light of global trends such as mega container ships and their related goods movement needs. The committee, which also includes Commissioner Susan Wise, expects to work with stakeholders and will report its findings to the full board.

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Port Lifts Fishing Restriction

The Port of Long Beach has eliminated a 30-year-old restriction on fishing in the harbor. At its Dec. 17 and Jan. 13 meetings, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners revised the Port’s tariff to permit fishing in the waters throughout the harbor. The new language also allows fishing from the land in designated areas where signs are posted. Previously, fishing without express permission from the Port’s executive director was prohibited. The change is consistent with state regulations and the California Constitution.

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Environmental Chief Named

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved the promotion of Rick Cameron to Managing Director of Environmental Affairs and Planning. In the position he has held in an acting capacity for more than six months, Cameron is responsible for overseeing the Port’s Environmental Planning, Transportation Planning and Master Planning divisions and advancing Long Beach’s Green Port Policy. Cameron joined the Port in 1996 and became the Port’s Director of Environmental Planning in 2007.

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Long Beach Ranked Most Productive Port in North America

The Journal of Commerce (JOC) recently recognized Long Beach as the port with the highest berth productivity in the North America. The honor was given in December at the JOC’s Port Productivity Seminar held in Newark and the Port accepted the award on behalf of the terminal operators, labor and truck drivers who do the work of moving cargo. The Port of Long Beach earned the No. 1 ranking based on container moves per hour while ships are at berth for the six-month period of January to June 2013. Pacific Container Terminal on the Port’s Pier J was ranked No. 3 and Total Terminals International on Pier T was ranked No. 4 among terminals with the highest berth productivity in North America.

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  • Reduced dockage rates under the Port’s Green Flag Program have been extended for another year. The Board of Harbor Commissioners voted Dec. 2 to offer the incentive for vessel operators who voluntarily reduce air pollution by slowing their ships to 12 knots within 20 or 40 nautical miles of Point Fermin. Participation during 2014 earns operators a savings on dockage fees in 2015.
  • Gary Cardamone, the Port’s Director of Construction Management, has announced his retirement. Deputy Chief Harbor Engineer Suzanne Plezia has been named Acting Director of Construction Management.
  • Norihiko Iwato, the Port’s overseas trade representative in Japan since 2008, has retired. At their Dec. 17 meeting, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners honored Iwato for his service to the Port and his career of than 40 years in the shipping industry.
  • The Port of Long Beach was recently given the 2014 Employer of the Year Award by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) for supporting the professional advancement of women in transportation. WTS is an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women.
  • The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners now holds its regular meetings at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. The next meetings are scheduled for Feb. 10 and 24 at the Port Administration Building, 925 Harbor Plaza, Long Beach.
  • Traffic leaving Pier T and heading westbound toward San Pedro must now connect to Ocean Boulevard via Pier S Lane. Traffic has been rerouted for crews to work on the foundation of the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project. The new route leads to a signalized intersection at State Route (SR) 47 where drivers may continue west to join Ocean Boulevard or turn right to go north on the SR 47/Terminal Island Freeway. Detour signs mark the alternate route, which is expected to last about six months. Drivers are encouraged to exercise additional caution in the harbor while construction is ongoing. For weekly traffic alerts and upcoming detours, sign up at www.newgdbridge.com.
 
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