February 2018
Andeavor TAQAH arrives at the Port of Long Beach

Port's Tankers Going Deep

Software tests pay off with safer deliveries of larger loads of oil

Deck of the TAQAHWhen the supertanker TAQAH called at the Port of Long Beach in late January, the ship made history as the first very large crude carrier to transit the channel at the Port’s maximum possible draft depth of 69 feet.

In doing so, the vessel ushered in a new era of safer, cleaner and more efficient marine oil shipping operations. The credit goes to a successful technology demonstration called the Dynamic Under Keel Clearance Project, which brought numerous Port partners together to test new methods for solving an old problem.
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See aerial video of the TAQAH's arrival

Year Begins With Records in Long Beach

Cargo ship docked at the Port of Long Beach

The new year brought a raft of records to the Port of Long Beach, where January container volumes reached an all-time high for the month. Workers moved 657,830 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) through the harbor in January, 12.9 percent more than the same month last year. The total marks the first time Long Beach has surpassed 600,000 containers in the month of January. 

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In Other News...

 
  • Long Beach Harbor Commission President Lou Anne Bynum is among the speakers welcoming more than 2,000 industry professionals to the 18th annual Trans-Pacific Maritime (TPM) Conference. Organized by the Journal of Commerce, the conference takes place March 4-7 at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center and the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. Speakers also include Dr. Noel Hacegaba, the Port of Long Beach’s Managing Director of Commercial Operations. Hacegaba is on the March 7 panel discussing the GE Transportation Port Information Portal Project. More info 
  • Hear industry experts with their peak shipping season forecasts. Join us for the 14th annual Pulse of the Ports Peak Season Forecast on Wednesday, March 28 from 7:30 to 11 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. Parking at the Convention Center is complimentary and the event and breakfast are also free. RSVP at www.polb.com/pulsersvp or watch the webcast live at www.polb.com/pulseports. More info
  • On Feb. 10, Carnival Cruise Line celebrated the reopening of the newly renovated Long Beach Cruise Terminal and announced it will begin service to the Mexican Riviera from Long Beach on its new ship, the 3,960-passenger Carnival Panorama, in 2019. The Carnival Panorama will be the first new Carnival cruise ship based in Southern California in 20 years. The remodel more than doubles the space Carnival uses for its operations and incorporates new features to enhance the passenger experience. Improvements also include expansion of the facility’s shore power infrastructure for larger ships to run on electricity at berth. Carnival also announced a major port development project in Ensenada, Mexico, one of its destinations from Long Beach.
  • The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has agreed to assign the sublease of the Sea Launch property to S7 Sea Launch Limited, an indirect subsidiary of S7 Group. The Moscow-based parent company is in the process of acquiring the assets of Energia Logistics Ltd., a subsidiary of another Moscow-based corporation, Energia Overseas Ltd., which has been leasing the property since 2010. The pending asset sale has cleared the U.S. government approval process. Continuation of the sublease with S7 Sea Launch, which plans to resume satellite launches, is contingent on completion of the asset sale occurring within 90 days after the assignment of the sublease is signed. More info
     
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