June 2016
Fireboat Protector at the Port of Long Beach

Protecting International Trade

New-generation fireboat is the world's most advanced


With billions of dollars at stake, it's vital to have world-class firefighting in the harbor. Firefighters assigned to the Port know what their protection means to international trade, and now they have the most advanced fireboat in the world, aptly named “Protector.”

New Video Series:
Port Perspectives with
Jon Slangerup
 


In this first segment, CEO Jon Slangerup talks about the impact of the expanded Panama Canal on the Port of Long Beach.

Port of Long Beach voted best seaport

Long Beach Again
Voted Best Seaport

 

Cargo at the Port of Long Beach

Cargo Volumes Improve
Slightly in May

 

In Other News...

  • Swire Shipping has launched a monthly call to Long Beach from Australia and New Zealand; the first vessel arrived on May 24. The two-vessel service, which carries a combination of containers, break bulk and vehicles, visits Long Beach and then several other West Coast ports. On the return leg, the route comes to Long Beach again before heading to the Port of Suva in Fiji.
    While in Long Beach, Siangtan, the ship running the inaugural route, berthed at Stevedoring Services of America (SSA) facilities at both Pier F and Pier A, discharging steel rebar while loading various cargo such as RVs, mobile homes and a yacht.
    "We're pleased that Swire has chosen Long Beach, and we're happy to give them an opportunity to grow their business with this type of niche service," said Business Development Director Don Snyder.
    Snyder also thanked SSA for being able to provide the diverse facilities needed for this kind of vessel call.
  • John StrangJohn Strang, Chairman of Strang International, the company that represents the Port of Long Beach in Australia, has been named an Honorable Officer of the Order of Australia. The award, announced on the Queen’s birthday honors list in June 2016, confers the highest recognition for outstanding achievement and service. Strang International has been a partner of the Port for more than 40 years.
  • Southern California remains the favored gateway to and from Asian markets, according to the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation's International Trade Outlook 2016-17, released this month. Despite only modest economic growth, as well as a strong U.S. dollar making exports less affordable, the report forecasts that container traffic at the San Pedro Bay ports will increase 5 percent this year and by more than 6 percent in 2017. Read more
  • Art WongPort of Long Beach Assistant Director of Communications Art Wong is retiring after 18 years at the Port. As the Port's spokesman, Art has been the primary point of contact between the media and the Port of Long Beach for nearly two decades. We wish him the best as he leaves for new adventures.
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