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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
July 2007
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Welcome to the new Port of Long Beach e-newsletter, bringing to you news about and around the Port of Long Beach. We have re-designed it primarily to serve industry professionals and the larger business community surrounding the Port, though anyone interested in the goings-on of the Port will find it helpful. This newsletter will go out monthly and we hope it will be a welcome arrival in your inbox.
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Cordero elected board president

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has voted to elect Commissioner Mario Cordero, a local attorney, as the board's president for a one-year term beginning July 2.
Mario Cordero As the new board president, Cordero will preside over the commission's weekly board meetings, make committee appointments and act as chief spokesperson for the Port. The Commission also selected Dr. Mike Walter as the vice president of the five- member Port governing board. Doris Topsy-Elvord was elected as the commission's secretary. James C. Hankla, the outgoing president, was chosen as the assistant secretary. The other commissioner is John Hancock, whose term expires this summer.
Cordero, staff counsel for Safeco Insurance, was appointed to a six-year term on the commission in 2003. He also teaches political science at Long Beach City College, and previously served on the City of Long Beach’s Ethics Review Task Force, which developed a code of ethics for city employees, and elected and appointed city officials.
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Sramek joins Harbor Commission

The Harbor Commission on Monday, July 16, welcomed its newest member, Nick Sramek, to his first meeting. Sramek, appointed by Mayor Bob Foster and unanimously approved by the City Council earlier this month, is an engineer and a resident of the city’s Westside. Sramek succeeds outgoing Commissioner John Hancock, who served on the commission for 12 years.
Nick Sramek Sramek served on the city’s Planning Commission for the last seven years. He is a graduate of Long Beach Poly High School and California State University, Long Beach, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering. He is employed at The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo as a Senior Project Leader in system engineering, working on computer systems for satellites.
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Clean trucks environmental impact study

Following a significant public response to a request for comments on a draft "clean trucks" proposal, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will be taking additional time, at least 60 days, to evaluate those suggestions, assess numerous operational considerations and conduct an economic impact study.
The goal is to present a comprehensive plan to the two ports’ harbor commissions in September.
"We’ll be looking carefully at all the suggestions and comments we’ve received," said Port Executive Director Richard D. Steinke. "We remain committed to aggressively improving air quality with a Clean Trucks Program, and our aim is to get this right."
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What are "clean trucks"?

The "clean trucks" proposal is a sweeping plan to replace or retrofit the 16,000 diesel-powered trucks working the ports to reduce air pollution by 80 percent within five years.
The plan calls for a gradual phasing out of older, dirtier diesel trucks, to be replaced by new or retrofitted trucks. Trucks in cargo area The two ports plan to subsidize the cost of the replacement and retrofitted trucks, and shift from the current owner/operator system to an employee system. The proposed concessionaire program would ensure that trucks upgraded under port subsidies are used for port business, are safely maintained and comply with all government security mandates.
The ports have been working closely with a diverse group of stakeholders, including representatives from the trucking industry, labor and environmentalists, to gather input on the plan before a final version is presented to the harbor commissions of both ports.
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Trade mission a success

Port Harbor Commissioners, together with Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, led a June trade mission to Asia where they visited eight cities and several of the world's largest seaports.
The trade mission led to these environmental and business accomplishments below:
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Ecological exchange agreement

Long Beach officials and Port of Shenzhen (China) terminal operator Yantian International Container Terminals (YICT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to exchange technical information on their best environmental policies and practices.
With this comprehensive ecological exchange agreement, YICT and the Port of Long Beach will collaborate on environmental issues such as marine wildlife, air quality, soils and sediments, water quality, sustainability and community engagement.
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Green Flag rebates go to "green" initiatives

In Hong Kong, Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) announced that the company is contributing its rebates from the Green Flag program – estimated at more than $140,000 – to environmental initiatives in Long Beach.
View of POLB headquarters with Green Port flags flying OOCL was recently honored by the Port with Green Flags and discounted dockage rates for improving air quality. The Green Flag program rewards ocean carriers who consistently slow their vessel speeds within 20 miles of Long Beach Harbor to improve air quality. OOCL was the top Green Flag carrier in 2006, with a 100 percent compliance rate, the highest of the Port’s major container lines.
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"K" Line terminal is getting greener

In Tokyo, Mayor Foster announced after meetings with "K" Line that the company has nearly completed the retrofits of five vessels – including the "Long Beach Bridge” – in order to plug into shore-side electricity at the Port of Long Beach and improve air quality.
The Port and "K" Line agreed to an historic "green" lease agreement last year that will transform "K" Line’s International Transportation Service facility, one of Long Beach’s largest container terminals, into the most environmentally friendly terminal at the Port. Guided by the Green Port Policy environmental ethic, the Port is planning more than $600 million in improvements to the ITS facility, including the construction of a new deep-water berth powered with shore-side electricity, to be ready next year.
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Ocean Boulevard project completed

Long Beach City Council members, Port Commissioners and executives and state and local officials officially dedicated successful completion of the $65-million Ocean Boulevard improvement project on Terminal Island.
In a June 25 ceremony, officials praised the critical infrastructure project for its environmental, community and business benefits.
View of Ocean Blvd speedway improvements By eliminating two traffic signals and creating a raised, freeway-like roadway, the project is speeding the flow of cargo in and out of the Port and improving commute times for motorists. The economic benefits of the time and fuel savings add up to nearly $30 million a year. Motorists are saving an estimated $7 million a year on fuel expenses and an estimated 5,600 vehicle hours a day in reduced traffic delays.
In addition, the project carries significant environmental benefits. It is reducing air pollution by 350 tons a year because of the reduction in idling, and is cutting fuel consumption by 9,300 gallons a day. Video coverage of the event is available on the Port’s web site, www.polb.com.
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"A Giant Leap Forward"

The Port's newly released 2006 Annual Report, "A Giant Leap Forward," is now available for viewing online.
The 40-page Annual Report is a comprehensive look at one of the busiest years in Port history, from the historic Clean Air Action Plan to groundbreaking "Green" leases and much more. To view the annual report, visit www.polb.com, click on "About the Port", "Publications" then "2006 Annual Report".
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5.9 percent decrease in cargo

Port terminals reported a 5.9 percent decrease in container cargo movement in May compared to the same month a year ago. Port terminals moved a total of 606,256 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in May, a 5.9 percent decrease over the same month a year ago. While the shipment of imports dipped slightly, exports increased significantly.
Imported containers decreased by 3.5 percent, to 316,666 TEUs, while export containers increased by 10.3 percent to 127,061 TEUs. The movement of empty containers, most of which are sent overseas to be refilled with products, decreased by 19 percent, to 162,529 TEUs.
In the first five months of 2007, container trade growth declined by 1.4 percent compared to the same time period in 2006.
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Schedule closures on Gerald Desmond Bridge

Scheduled closures on the Gerald Desmond Bridge will impact traffic flow on several Sundays during the months of July and August.
All westbound lanes are scheduled to be closed from 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 7 to 3 a.m. on Monday, July 9. In addition, the bridge will be closed to westbound traffic from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the following Sundays: July 15, July 22 and August 5. The entire bridge will be closed to all traffic from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 29.
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Pier F hearings at a close

The Port finished a series of hearings in June to receive public input on a proposed Chemoil Corp. plan to add two storage tanks at its Pier F facility.
Chemoil, which operates a bulk petroleum product terminal at Pier F, is proposing to add the storage tanks to help meet market demand for cleaner-burning fuels: low-sulfur gasoline and low-sulfur diesel fuel. The Port has released a Notice of Preparation and sought public input through two "scoping" meetings before developing an Environmental Impact Report. For more information on the project, visit www.polb.com. The Port is accepting written comments through July 21, addressed to Dr. Robert Kanter, Managing Director of Environmental Affairs and Planning, Port of Long Beach, 925 Harbor Plaza, Long Beach, 90802.
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Most environmentally friendly railroad in nation

The Port will host a commissioning ceremony July 11 to celebrate Pacific Harbor Line’s conversion of its entire fleet to clean-diesel locomotives.
The conversion to clean-diesel power makes PHL, which serves the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, the most environmentally friendly switching railroad in the nation. The new locomotives, outfitted with remanufactured engines, reduce diesel particulates by 70 percent and smog-forming nitrogen oxides by 46 percent. The new engines also cut greenhouse gases by burning 30 percent less fuel.
So far, four of the clean-diesel locomotives have been delivered. Two more a month will arrive through the rest of 2007. The locomotives are being remanufactured at MotivePower Inc.’s Boise, Idaho plant.
The cost of the $23 million project is being shared by PHL ($10 million), the ports ($5 million each) and additional funds from the California Air Resources Board’s and South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Carl Moyer Program.
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First-of-its-kind water treatment

A $1.2-million project to test a first-of-its-kind onboard ballast water treatment system will receive a $250,000 boost from the Port of Long Beach, the harbor commission has decided.
The commission voted June 22 to contribute to the project, which is also being supported by the Port of Los Angeles, the California State Lands Commission, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and APL, which will conduct the testing aboard one of its vessels.
The onboard treatment system is designed to destroy organisms in ballast water, by eliminating oxygen and reducing pH levels. Current regulations, enforced by the Coast Guard, require the exchange of ballast water in the open ocean.
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"Making It!" features Port's SBE/VSBE program

The Port's Small Business Enterprise/Very Small Business Enterprise is now being promoted on KTLA Channel 5's Emmy award-winning "Making It!" program.
"Making it!" is a popular program about small business that attracts an audience of about 150,000 viewers a week, about 75 percent of which are current or aspiring small business owners. The Port's promotion will run once a week for the next year during the program. Customer outreach is a key component of the Port's SBE/VSBE program, which is designed to include more small enterprises in Port contracts.
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New Arrivals

Port officials welcomed the NYK vessel Sandra Blanca in a first call ceremony June 24 at International Transportation Service’s Pier G facility.
The Sandra Blanca has a capacity of 4,800 TEUs. It is part of NYK’s North China Express network, with calls in Dalian (China), Xingang (China), Qingdao (China), Busan (Korea), Long Beach and Oakland.
The NYK group is one of the world’s leading shipping operations, with a fleet of 709 vessels.
Officials also welcomed the bulk vessel Saga Frontier with a first call ceremony on June 9 at SSA Marine/Crescent Terminal’s Pier F facility.
The Saga Frontier, a steel carrier launched in April, 2007, has a capacity of 29,758 tons.

Special Events

Don't miss the Smithsonian maritime exhibit "From Sea to Shining Sea: 200 Years Charting America's Coasts," at Long Beach's El Dorado Park Library through August 30.
The exhibit, hosted by the Port of Long Beach in partnership with Long Beach City Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, tells the story of America’s first federal science agency, the Coast Survey, and its direct descendent, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Co-sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the exhibit recognizes NOAA's 200th anniversary through a series of 20 posters illustrated with photos, charts and artwork from the Survey's archives.
The exhibit will be at the El Dorado Park Library, 2900 Studebaker Road, from June 21 through August 30.

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