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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
September 2007
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Clean Trucks Plan Moving Forward

Economist John E. Husing, Ph.D, has presented the findings of a study commissioned by the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles that examines the economic impact of their proposed Clean Trucks Program. The ports are using the study to help finalize a staff-recommended plan in the coming weeks.

Clean trucks The ports' Clean Trucks Program is a sweeping plan aimed at reducing air pollution from harbor drayage trucks by more than 80 percent within five years. During the past several months the ports have gathered information from many diverse stakeholders, heard extensive public testimony and sought the input of leading economic experts while crafting a proposal to present to the harbor commissions.

Watch it: To view a one-hour, 20 minute video presentation by Husing, click here.
Read more: To view the full report, click here. To view the Executive Summary, click here. To view Husing's PowerPoint presentation, click here, or for the Spanish translation, click here. Consultant Moffatt & Nichol is studying possible diversions. To view its scope of work, click here. The California Air Resources Board also has proposed a clean trucks program. To view a presentation, click here. To see how it compares with the ports' proposed Clean Trucks Program, click here.
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Join Us for Green Port Fest October 13

Green Port FestCome tour the Port by boat or train. See dozens of interactive displays by many Port partners, from shipping lines and importers to security agencies and environmental experts. Meet Olympic gold-medal swimming champion Aaron Peirsol, who will be signing autographs and discussing his work to support cleaner oceans. Enjoy entertainment and fun activities for the whole family.
Green Port Fest, the Port's third annual educational and entertainment festival, will be October 13, 2007, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Port Administration Building. Free parking is available at the Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway.
Watch it: Click here to view a promotional video for last year's event.
See it: To view a photo gallery from previous events, click here.
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Hankla Honored for Air Quality Leadership

Long Beach Harbor Commissioner James C. Hankla has been named a 2007 Charles R. Imbrecht Blue Sky Innovation Award recipient by CALSTART, North America's leading clean transportation technologies consortium.
Hankla Hankla, who served as commission president from July 2006 to June 2007, is being recognized for his and the Commission's leadership in the creation and implementation of the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan in conjunction with the Port of Los Angeles. The Blue Sky Innovation Awards honor outstanding contributions to clean air, energy efficiency and clean transportation.
Read more: Click here for a news release on Hankla's Blue Sky Innovation award.
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Container Trade Tops 11 Percent in July

A more than 30 percent jump in exports, for the second consecutive month, pushed the Port's container cargo movement to an 11.1 percent increase in July compared to the same month a year ago.
Container trade up 2.9 percent Port terminals moved a total of 647,428 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in July, compared to 582,925 in July 2006. Imported containers increased by 8.9 percent, to 332,402 TEUs, while export containers increased by 33.9 percent to 135,089 TEUs. The movement of empty containers, most of which are sent overseas to be refilled with products, increased by 1.7 percent, to 179,937 TEUs.
In the first six months of 2007, container trade growth has increased by 2.9 percent compared to the same time period in 2006.
Read more: Click here for a more detailed report on the July container cargo movement. Click here for the July 2007 tonnage summary report, and here for the Port's 2007 year-to-date TEU trade.
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Port Bridges Regularly Inspected

Port bridgeWith the tragic collapse in August of the I-35W Bridge over the Mississippi River, public interest in bridge safety and inspections has increased significantly. The Port of Long Beach has two bridges in its jurisdiction, the Gerald Desmond and Schulyer Heim. The Gerald Desmond Bridge has undergone numerous inspections, the most recent by State and County staff in April 2007. No serious imminent deficiencies have been found. The Heim Bridge is scheduled for a $7-million seismic retrofitting by CalTrans.
Read More: For a more detailed report on the status of Port bridges, click here.
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Corridor Use Has Nearly Doubled, says ACTA Chief

Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority Chief Executive Officer John Doherty recently updated the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on intermodal rail activity, which has nearly doubled in the past five years.

Alameda corridor Doherty said the use of on-dock rail - which helps reduce the need for local truck trips - now accounts for about 25 percent of all container traffic at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. He also presented the latest ACTA revenues, trade projections and air quality benefits from the corridor, which reached a cumulative 6,600 tons of pollution reduction in 2006.

Watch it: Click here to view a webcast of Doherty's presentation.
Read more: Click here for a PDF of his PowerPoint presentation.
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Small Business Workshop Set for Sept. 26

Small business workshop The Port's Small Business Enterprise/Very Small Business Enterprise Program will present a training forum Wednesday, September 26 for licensed construction contractors, consultants, vendors and suppliers. The training workshop will be from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the Port Administration Building, 925 Harbor Plaza.
Watch it: To view a short promotional video on the SBE program, click here.
Read more: Click here for more information on the September 26 workshop.
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New Pulse of the Port Now Online
Learn how the latest in radiation detection technology is improving Port security, how rail operations provide a vital link in the cargo supply chain, and how the Port is helping restore and revitalize Southern California wetlands. It's all in the latest episode of the Port's cable TV program, "Pulse of the Port."
Watch it: To view the entire 20-minute program, click here, or view the individual, four- minute segments: Radiation scanners; Rail Part 1;
Rail Part 2; Wetlands.

Port People

Sereno Named Director of Program Management
Doug SerenoThe Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioner has promoted Doug Sereno to lead the newly formed Program Management Division.
Sereno, who joined the Port in 2002, becomes director of a division created as part of the Port's ongoing reorganization to streamline administrative operations. He had been serving as Deputy Chief Harbor Engineer, in charge of program management.
Read more: Click here to read a news release on Sereno's appointment.


Port officials welcomed the Pacific International Lines vessel Kota Salam with a "First Call" plaque August 22 at Total Terminals International's Pier T facility.
The Kota Salam is a 4,252-TEU container ship serving the China Trans-Pacific Service (CTP), a joint venture between Pacific International Lines and Wan Hai. The Kota Salam calls in Xiamen (China), Yantian (China), Hong Kong, Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Long Beach, and Oakland.

If You Missed It

Harbor Commission Meetings Now Broadcast
Commission meetingThe Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners is broadcasting its meetings via the web and cable television. It is the first time the Port has regularly 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 board's 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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