October 2015
International Seafarers Center

Stepping Up for the Seafarers Center 

Port calls on industry to help improve home away from home

Within the Port of Long Beach, in the shadow of billions of dollars of new construction, sits an aging bungalow that houses the nonprofit International Seafarers Center of Long Beach/Los Angeles. For the thousands of seafarers who cross its threshold, it is a second home where they can cook fresh meals, do laundry, and connect with family via the Internet.

But the ISC faces a lack of funding and resources and the ports are looking to industry to help.

Nine Cranes, Nine Gangs, One Ship (VIDEO)

Nine cranes working Hanjin United KingdomEarlier this month, Total Terminals International and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union teamed up to work the 10,000-TEU Hanjin United Kingdom with nine cranes and work gangs, making 2,285 container moves in one eight-hour shift.

Cargo at Port of Long Beach

Record September Delivers
Best Quarter in Port’s History


Column next to Gerald Desmond Bridge

New Bridge Rising

Air emission gains

Port Nets New
Clean Air Gains


Zero-emissions tractor

Port Awarded EPA Grant for
Zero-Emission Tractors


In Other News...

  • The Port of Long Beach is No. 1 on the list of the Most Social Ports in the World, based on Facebook likes, YouTube subscribers, Twitter and Instagram followers, and other social media analytics studied by Spire. A satellite-powered data company, Spire specializes in analyzing and identifying trends in global trade, weather, shipping, supply chain activity and other maritime-related areas. Spire released the rankings in its 2015 Social Media Re-Port, described as a “first-ever look into container ports’ social media activities.”  Read more
  • Not yet following the Port on social media? Use the links at the bottom of Tie Lines.
  • The California Air Resources Board has approved a new technology by Carson-based company Advanced Cleanup Technologies Inc. that uses specialized barges which connect to the exhaust ports of container ships to scrub pollution. In 2013, the Port of Long Beach provided about $2 million in seed money to help test the Advanced Maritime Emissions Control System, or AMECS. Read more
  • The Port of Long Beach has awarded AECOM Technical Services Inc. a three-year contract capped at $2.6 million to provide professional engineering support services for the Port's Capital Dredging Program. The work includes support for the Port’s Land Use Study and the Deep Draft Navigational Study the Port is undertaking with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • An Oct. 14 workshop to solicit public input on the next update of the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) drew about 125 people representing the community, industry, environmental organizations and other stakeholders. The updated CAAP is expected in 2016.
  • “PHOTOGALLERY,” the Port of Long Beach’s third annual photo exhibit, is on display now through Jan. 3 at the Museum of Latin American Art. The exhibit showcases the artwork of local amateur and professional photographers who captured images of the Port during a recent twilight harbor cruise. Read more
  • The Seaman’s Church Institute has established the El Faro Family Relief Fund to help surviving family members of the 33-member crew of the El Faro, the Ro-Ro ship lost at sea during Hurricane Joaquin. One hundred percent of the donations will go directly to the families. More information
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