April/May 2019

Truck Report Plans for Zero-Emissions Future

Ambitious goals prompt look at technology, infrastructure, costs 

To further reduce port truck pollution, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are closely monitoring the development of new cleaner truck technologies. A new report evaluates the commercial availability, technical viability, operational feasibility, availability of fuel and fueling infrastructure, and costs of owning and operating near-zero and zero emissions port trucks

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Port of Long Beach Strategic PlanPort Sets Course for Operational Excellence


The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved an updated Strategic Plan for the Port of Long Beach, laying out the key goals and objectives for the nation’s second-busiest container seaport to continue prospering, meeting the needs of the industry and serving the community.
Aerial photo of Port of Long Beach

First Quarter of 2019 is
Port's Second-Busiest

 

In Other News

  • Effective April 15, the rates for pilotage services have increased at the Port of Long Beach. The change is the first of two phases of increases, with the second scheduled to take effect April 15, 2020. 
    The recent changes reflect an 8% increase overall in pilotage rates, with the additional specific changes: a 5% increase to pilotage charges based on Overall Length of Vessel; a Mill Rate of $0.00719 per gross registered ton (previously $0.0062 per gross registered ton); a per-move surcharge of $121.80 (up from $116); a surcharge of $2.30 (up from $2) for vessels with less than 30 feet of draft; a surcharge of $10.50 (up from $8.40) for vessels with 30 feet or more of draft; a standby charge of $500 per hour (up from $465 per hour); and a flat cancelation charge of $500 (up from $465).
    On April 15, 2020, pilotage rates will increase another 7 percent overall, with the following separate changes: an additional 5% increase to pilotage charges based on Overall Length of Vessel; a Mill Rate of $0.00784 per gross registered ton; a per move surcharge of $127.89; a surcharge of $2.65 for vessels with less than 30 feet of draft; a surcharge of $13.13 for vessels with 30 feet or more of draft; a standby charge of $535 per hour; and a flat cancelation charge of $535. 
    The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the new rates in a tariff amendment finalized April 8. They are the first such increases in nearly five years and remain among the lowest pilotage rates of all major U.S. ports. The rate increases support the added costs of more staffing, specialized equipment and new technology to safely pilot new generations of large ships in and out of the Port. Jacobsen Pilot Service Inc. provides the services that ensure safe transit of container ships, oil tankers and other vessels and has done so since 1922. 
     
  • Daimler Trucks North America is developing 20 heavy-duty battery-electric trucks for demonstration in real-world commercial fleet operations within the South Coast Air Quality Management District, including communities in and around the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The $31.3 million project begins this year. Daimler is contributing more than $15.6 million. The remaining half is funded with $8.7 million from the South Coast Air Quality Management District, $4.4 million from the State Emissions Mitigation Fund, $1 million from the Port of Long Beach, and $500,000 from Region 9 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Plans call for the Port of Los Angeles to also contribute $1 million, subject to approval by its Harbor Commission. 
     
  • Coast Guard FRCFour of the U.S. Coast Guard’s newest Fast Response Cutters (FRCs) are now homeported at Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach. The vessels operate throughout the 11th Coast Guard District, which includes all of California and international waters off Mexico and Central America. The Sentinel-class cutters, which entered service over the last six months, feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment and can reach speeds of up to 28 knots. Named for Coast Guard enlisted heroes, the new FRCs are the Forrest O. Rednour, the Robert G. Ward, the Terrell Horne, and the Benjamin A. Bottoms. Read more
     
  • The Los Angeles County Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies has honored the Port of Long Beach with its Champion of Small Business Award, as well as the Port’s Capital Programs Executive Duane Kenagy with its Engineering Achievement Award. The honors were given April 24 at the organization’s 2019 Achievement Awards Banquet in Los Angeles.
     
  • Businesses and workers at the Port of Long Beach figured prominently among those recently honored by the Pacific Maritime Association for their safety records. Recipients of the 2018 Coast Accident Prevention Awards included West Coast Terminal & Stevedore, a Ports America company; and Long Beach Container Terminal in the container operators category; SSA Marine Inc. in the stevedoring companies category; International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 13 in the ILWU workforce category; and Pacific Crane Maintenance Co., Harbor Industrial, and Terminal Equipment Services Inc. among the mechanic companies that employ ILWU workers. Total Terminals International was among the companies honored for having reduced their lost-time incident rate three consecutive years over a four-year period, and Harbor Industrial earned the Coast One-Year Zero Incident Rate Award.
     
  • The Port of Long Beach Maritime Center of Excellence at Long Beach City College recently held its first orientation sessions held to educate the community and prospective students its global logistics and supply chain industry training programs. The Maritime Center's short-term courses are designed to prepare workers for specific port-related industry jobs that are well paid and in high demand. Read more
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