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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
August 2007
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Around the Port...

Port Hosts "Green Locomotive" Ceremony

The Port hosted a commissioning ceremony to celebrate Pacific Harbor Lineís conversion of its entire fleet to clean-diesel locomotives.

PHL 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.

Watch it: Click here to watch video coverage of the PHL commissioning ceremony.
Read more: Click here to read more about the event.
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Board Meetings Now Broadcast Live

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners is broadcasting its meetings, via the web and cable television. It is the first time the Port has broadcast its commission meetings. The broadcasts will be carried live on the web during the meeting, and shortly afterward will be available at the Port web site,, for repeat viewing anytime. The meetings will also be rebroadcast on Long Beach Television 8, and repeated throughout the week. The boardís regular meetings are on Mondays at 1 p.m.
Watch it: To view the live webcast click here and to view archived webcasts, click here.
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Chertoff Visits Port, Highlights Technology

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff visited the Port of Long Beach on July 20 to meet with City and Port officials and examine the first field tests of a new radiation-detection system designed to better protect seaports from potential nuclear threats.
Chertoff visits Port Chertoff, who was accompanied by California Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice), met with Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, Long Beach Vice Mayor Bonnie Lowenthal, Long Beach Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal and Port Executive Director Richard D. Steinke to discuss Port security issues and federal security funding and conduct a demonstration of the new radiation detectors. Chertoff visited Pier A for a demonstration of the Advanced Spectroscopic Portal (ASP) devices, which pinpoint radiation sources more precisely than the current generation of radiation monitors.
Watch it: Click here for a video feature on Chertoffís visit.
See it: Click here for a photo gallery.
Read more: Click here to read more about Chertoffís visit and the new ASP security technology.
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Commissioners Approve $644 Million Budget

The Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a $644 million budget that includes $116 million for major environmental and air quality projects at the Port of Long Beach.
A 35 percent increase over the previous yearís spending plan, the budget is driven by the Portís ongoing commitment to reduce air pollution from port-related sources, such as the port truck replacement and retrofitting program and plug-in, shore-side power for ships at berth. Another factor in the increased spending is an initiative to reduce outstanding debt.
Read more: Click here for more details on the Portís spending plan for fiscal year 2007-2008.
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Container Trade Up 7.3 Percent in June

7.3% increase in cargo containersLed by a sizable increase in exports, Port terminals reported a 7.3 percent increase in container cargo movement in June compared to the same month a year ago.
Port terminals moved a total of 662,219 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in June, a 7.3 percent increase over the same month a year ago. Imported containers increased by 6.2 percent, to 339,411 TEUs, while exported containers increased by 38.4 percent to 140,967 TEUs. The movement of empty containers, most of which are sent overseas to be refilled with products, decreased by 7 percent, to 181,841 TEUs.
In the first six months of 2007, container trade growth has increased by 2 percent compared to the same time period in 2006.
Read More: Click here for a more detailed report on June container cargo trade. Click here for the June 2007 tonnage summary report, and here for the Portís 2007 year-to-date TEU trade.
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Port Proposes to Close Unsafe Roadway

For the safety of motorists traveling through the Port of Long Beach, the Port is proposing to permanently close a short section of road on Port property, in West Long Beach, that is crossed by three active railroad tracks.

Unsafe roadway The proposed closure would prohibit cars and trucks on Edison Avenue between Ninth and Pier B streets, a 200-foot section traversed by three street-level railroad crossings with no gates or warning signals such as flashing lights. By rerouting cars and trucks to viable alternate routes in the area, the closure would eliminate a safety hazard.

The Port conducted a public hearing on the proposed closure July 16, collected public comments and forwarded the matter to the Long Beach City Council for final approval.
Read more: For a more detailed Fact Sheet on the proposed closure, including alternate routes, click here. For a project Q&A, click here. For the official "Negative Declaration" click here.
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Security Submersibles Add Eyes Under the Sea

SubmersibleThe Port has deployed small, submarine-like devices equipped with video cameras, known as remotely operated vehicles (or ROVs), which allow Port security personnel to easily and quickly examine the underside of vessels, piers and other structures without sending a diver into the water.
Watch it: To watch a video feature on this exciting new technology, click here.
Read more: To read more about the submersibles, click here.
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Check Out the Latest Re:Port
Summer 2007 Re:Port coverThe Summer 2007 edition of Re:Port, the Portís quarterly community newsletter, is now online. The edition features articles on the Portís efforts to help revitalize local wetlands, news from the Harbor Commission, scholarships, community partnerships, the Portís Command and Control Center and more. To view the newsletter online in PDF format, click here.

Annual Report Now Online
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 by section, click here.

Port People

Cardamone to Lead Construction Management
Gary CardamoneThe Board of Harbor Commissioners has promoted Gary J. Cardamone, who has more than 25 years of experience in port and harbor-related development, to the newly created position of Director of Construction Management. The new position is part of an ongoing reorganization of Port administration designed to improve operational efficiencies.
Cardamone will lead the newly formed Construction Management Division, part of the Portís Engineering Bureau. Cardamone, who joined the Port in 2002, had been serving as the Portís deputy chief harbor engineer in charge of construction management.
Read more: Click here to read a news release on Cardamoneís appointment.

Marin Named Human Resources Director
Lisa MarinThe Board of Harbor Commissioners has named Lisa Marin, who has more than 20 years experience in the human resources field, as Director of Human Resources. Marin succeeds longtime director Toni Whitesell, who retired late last year.
As the Portís human resources director, Marin will oversee hiring, training programs and employee development for a Port staff of about 380.
Read more: Click here to read a news release on Marinís appointment.

If You Missed It

New Terminal Island Roadway Dedicated
New terminal islandFaster commutes and reduced air pollution were celebrated recently when the Port of Long Beach dedicated the successful completion of a $65 million Ocean Boulevard improvement project on Terminal Island.
Watch it: Click here for video coverage of the Ocean Boulevard dedication.
Read more: Click here to read a news release on the roadway's dedication.

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