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  March-April 2014

New Power Rates Will Save Terminals Millions

When it comes to running a marine terminal, the competition is fierce, the margins are slim and the overhead is not for the faint of heart. Any opportunity to cut costs is welcome. That includes a new long-term agreement between the Port of Long Beach and Southern California Edison (SCE), expected to save maritime electricity users within the Port’s jurisdiction more than $350 million over the next 24 years.



Port Preparing for 710-to-Bridge Ramp Closure

The next milestone in the $1.3 billion Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project is demolition of a key link in the national highway network: the southbound Long Beach (I-710) Freeway connector to westbound Ocean Boulevard.



February Cargo Volume Dips

Overall container cargo volume at the Port of Long Beach dipped 2.6 percent in February compared with activity for the same month last year. Imports were down 2.7 percent, while exports rose 2.1 percent. The modest drop is seasonal and attributed to celebration of the Lunar New Year. During the holiday, which fell this year on Jan. 31, production slows because many businesses in China and other East Asia countries close for two weeks.



Forecast: Economy, Port Competition Heating Up

The Port’s 10th annual Pulse of the Ports Peak Season Forecast was held April 2. More than 500 people attended the event, which brings together panelists from a wide spectrum of industry sectors to offer their perspectives on global shipping trends and how they affect the San Pedro Bay port complex. Experts agreed that the Port will need to modernize and find new efficiencies to catch this year’s rising economic tide.

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Gray Fleet Chassis Supply Model Emerging

A stakeholder group studying ways to improve chassis operations for moving cargo more efficiently through the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles favors a gray fleet that allows chassis serving the San Pedro Bay complex to be used interchangeably for all transactions. Formed by the Port of Long Beach, the Chassis Operations Group is currently finalizing its recommendations for the most efficient model for the nation’s busiest harbor complex. The group expects to issue its findings in the coming weeks. Equipment availability, storage, and maintenance and repair are among key considerations the recommendations will address.


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More Big Ships

The Port of Long Beach recently welcomed the COSCO Fortune, the latest in a growing number of megaships now calling at the Port. The Fortune, which called at Pier J on March 16, has the capacity to handle more than 13,000 TEUs, or 20-foot equivalent container units. Deployed in the COSCO/K Line SEA Service, the Fortune is the largest container ship that COSCO has sent to Long Beach. The Fortune’s sister ship, the COSCO Excellence, is due to call in Long Beach in late April. Likewise, the COSCO Harmony is expected in May.



CTP Terminal Access Center Relocates

The Clean Trucks Program (CTP) Terminal Access Center is moving to a new location at 1265 Harbor Ave. within the Port of Long Beach. The office, located just south of Anaheim Street and west of the 710 Freeway, is a one-stop shop for CTP registration, truck inspections, assistance with radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and other services to help licensed motor carriers and truckers comply with terminal access requirements at the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports. The new location will open April 14. The existing center at 3593 New Dock St. will remain open until then.



Port Honors Carolyn Martin

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has honored industry leader Carolyn Martin, who retired March 20 after a career that spanned more than 40 years with International Transportation Service (ITS) Terminal. Martin, who pioneered high-level opportunities for women in international trade, joined ITS in 1972 as an executive secretary and rose to Assistant Vice President of Customer Service. Her accomplishments include designing ITS’ gate system, helping to computerize ITS’ import operations, setting up operations for ITS in Oakland, New Jersey and Tacoma, and opening the Tacoma terminal. Martin also actively supported education, including professional trade programs at California State University, Long Beach, and the Port’s annual Celebrating Women in Trade Luncheon. The Board honored her March 10.

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  • Vernon-based Baker Cold Storage and Colton-based Linear Logistics broke ground March 19 on a 250,000-square-foot storage facility to be built on a privately owned 12.6-acre parcel near Pier B in the Port of Long Beach. The $75 million high-tech facility, which will handle fresh and frozen fruits, vegetables, meats and other food products, is due to open in 2015. The project is expected to create more than 400 jobs during construction and about 100 permanent jobs.
  • Mercedes-Benz USA, which imports cars through the Port of Long Beach, is consolidating its Western regional offices, training and performance center, and vehicle preparation operations at its new facility near the Long Beach Airport. Effective March 1, the auto manufacturer began a 15-year lease of the former Boeing property located at 4501 E. Conant St.
  • Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson took an aerial tour of the Long Beach/Los Angeles ports during a recent two-day visit to Southern California. Johnson also met with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Coast Guard officials when he visited the harbor complex in late February.
  • The Board of Harbor Commissioners has established a Special Purpose Advisory Committee on Port Travel Policy to look into improving travel-related protocols for Port commissioners and staff. The committee was formed in the wake of a city audit released in January that recommended increased oversight. The committee members are Commissioners Lori Ann Farrell and Susan E. Anderson Wise.
  • The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra honored the Port of Long Beach for a $20,000 grant the Port gave to support the symphony’s elementary school education programs.
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