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Tie Lines
  February 2014
 

Executive Director Search Advances

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has hired Boyden Global Executive Search to find candidates for the Port of Long Beach Executive Director position. Responsibilities of the top job include overseeing the day-to-day operations, modernization projects and long-range strategic planning and representing the Port to the maritime industry, government officials and the community. The Baltimore-based firm will start the process by working with the Board to develop a schedule for conducting the global search. In the interim, the Port remains under the day-to-day leadership of Acting Executive Director Al Moro.

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January Cargo Volume Flat

With much of China and other East Asia countries readying to celebrate the Lunar New Year, cargo volumes for January were flat compared with the first month of 2013. Imports rose 2 percent, while exports fell 3.4 percent. Although overall container traffic dipped 1.3 percent for January, 2014 is expected to surpass 2013 as the year progresses.

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Port to Test Ship Pollution Control System

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a $2 million contract to fund testing of vessel pollution control equipment as an alternative to shore power. The demonstration project involves the newest version of the Alternative Maritime Emission Control System or AMECS. Designed to capture smokestack emissions, the technology has been adapted from its fixed predecessor to a barge-mounted system for wider use. The project is subject to approval by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which would supervise the testing.

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Harbor Department Moves

The Long Beach Harbor Department, the municipal agency that oversees the Port of Long Beach, has begun moving its administrative offices to 4801 Airport Plaza Drive near the Long Beach Airport. The move is occurring in stages and will be completed in mid-March. The location is temporary while the department explores options for a new permanent home in downtown Long Beach. The Board of Harbor Commissioners will hold its next meeting on Monday, March 10 at 6 p.m. at the old Administration Building, 925 Harbor Plaza. Location of the Monday, March 31 meeting at 6 p.m. has yet to be determined. Check polb.com/calendar for more information.

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President Drummond Welcomes TPM

Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners President Doug Drummond is among the speakers welcoming attendees to the 14th annual Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference. Organized by the Journal of Commerce, the event takes place March 2-5 at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center and the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. Last year’s conference drew more than 1,900 transportation and logistics professionals to Long Beach.

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Berth 55 Businesses to Stay

The Port of Long Beach has dropped plans to build a new security campus at Berth 55 and is exploring alternative locations. The decision allows the Berth 55 Fish Market and Seafood Deli, Queen's Wharf Restaurant, Long Beach Sportfishing and charter boats to stay where they are. Alternative sites for new security and fire facilities are subject to further study, including environmental assessments.

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  • Heather Tomley has been promoted to Director of Environmental Planning. Charged with leading Green Port environmental initiatives, Tomley has been serving as the Acting Director of Environmental Planning since 2013. She joined the Port in 2005.
  • The Port of Long Beach has named Kazuhiko Futagawa as its new overseas trade representative in Japan. Futagawa replaces Norihiko Iwato, who retired Dec. 31.
  • A court case over BNSF’s proposed near-dock intermodal rail facility just west of Long Beach has been transferred to Northern California. At issue are the environmental impacts of the project, known as the Southern California International Gateway. The matter is now due to be heard in Contra Costa Superior Court.
 
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