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

Port Commissions to Host Clean Trucks Workshop Oct. 12

The governing boards of the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will host a special informational workshop October 12 with trucking, environmental and goods movement industry experts on a proposal Clean Trucks Program. Based on months of public comment, stakeholder input and economic analyses, port staff members are reevaluating a proposed plan released in April. Before completing the final proposed plan, the commissioners have requested to hear final input from key stakeholders in a public workshop. The meeting will be at the Doubletree Hotel in San Pedro.
Read more: Click here for a news release on the special clean trucks workshop.
Watch it: To watch a presentation by economist John E. Husing, Ph.D, on the potential economic impact of the ports' proposed Clean Trucks Program, click here.
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Port Fest to Feature Train Tours, Olympian Aaron Peirsol

Train tours have been added to the long list of activities and attractions at the third annual Green Port Fest on October 13, where guests can see, learn and discover the Port of Long Beach. The train tours will be co-hosted by Metrolink and Pacific Harbor Line. The Port will also be welcoming Olympic champion swimmer Aaron Peirsol, a three-time gold medalist, to discuss his role as an environmental advocate on behalf of clean oceans. Peirsolís appearance is sponsored by Toyota's Engines of Change campaign, which highlights how a commitment to sport, community and making a difference in the environment can change the future.
Read more: Click here for more information on the train tours, and here for a news release on Aaron Peirsol. For a complete list of events and attractions at Green Port Fest, click here.
Watch it: For a video preview of Green Port Fest, click here.
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Green Flag Program Tops 90 percent

Compliance with the Portís Green Flag air quality initiative has reached more than 90 percent, the highest-ever rates for the two-year-old environmental program. The latest results, from July, show that 92 percent of vessels are complying with the program. Under the Green Flag program, the Port offers environmental awards and discounted dockage fees to ships and vessel operators who consistently slow down ship speeds to reduce air pollution. In September the Harbor Commission voted to extend the program.
Read more: For the July 2007 Green Flag Program results by individual vessel operator, click here. For the results by vessel type (container, bulk, etc.) click here.
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Port-related Emissions Detailed in New Study

The Port has released an analysis of air pollution from port-related sources from 2002 to 2005, a period of tremendous growth in cargo movement. The study showed two notable successes Ė a nearly 50 percent cut in air pollution from cargo-handling equipment thanks to a Port-sponsored program, and a drop in emissions from harbor craft. From other major sources Ė ships, trains and trucks Ė the study showed pollution increases during the three-year period under study. However, the study shows a significant decrease in air pollution per container, pointing to greater efficiency and cleaner fuels in the goods movement industry.
Read more: Click here for a news release and links to the complete emissions study and individual sections.
Watch it: To watch a presentation on the study by senior environmental specialist Thomas Jelenic, click here.
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Container Trade Drops 2.5 percent in August

Despite a continuing boom in exports, overall container trade dipped by 2.5 percent in August compared to the same month a year ago.
Port terminals moved a total of 657,904 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in August, compared to 675,058 in August 2006. Imported containers decreased by 6.1 percent, to 326,646 TEUs, while export containers increased by 34.3 percent to 141,410 TEUs. The movement of empty containers, most of which are sent overseas to be refilled with products, decreased by 14.5 percent, to 189,848 TEUs.
August was the third consecutive month of export increases of more than 30 percent. In the first eight months of 2007, total container trade growth has increased by 0.7 percent compared to the same time period in 2006.
Read More: Click here for a more detailed report on August container cargo movement. Click here for the August 2007 tonnage summary report, and here for the Portís 2007 year-to-date TEU trade.
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Port Receives AAPAís Top Environmental Award

For the second year in a row the Port of Long Beach has earned the highest environmental recognition from the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). On October 3 the Port received the Comprehensive Environmental Management Award with the Port of Los Angeles for the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan. The Comprehensive Environmental Management Award is the AAPAís highest environmental honor. In 2006 the Port of Long Beach won the award for its landmark Green Port Policy.
Read more: Click here for a news release on the AAPA award.
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Board Hosts Meeting at Hudson School

The Board of Harbor Commissioners held its first-ever community board meeting September 24, choosing Hudson Elementary School on the cityís Westside for the historic occasion. Commissioners had the opportunity to address residents about the major issues facing the Port of Long Beach, and more than 30 residents spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting. During its regular business the board voted to reauthorize the successful Green Flag environmental program, among other actions.
Watch it: Click here to view a webcast of the Board meeting at Hudson school.
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Re:Port Community Newsletter Now Online
The Fall 2007 issue of Re:Port, the Portís quarterly newsletter for the greater Long Beach community, is now online. The issue features a preview of the October 13 Green Port Fest, an update on the Portís shoreside electricity projects, a peak season report and a feature on the new radiation scanners being tested at piers A and J.
Read more: Click here to see the online version of Re:Port.
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Port People

Cameron Named Director of Environmental Planning
The Board of Harbor Commissioners has selected Rick Cameron, the Portís manager of environmental planning, to head the newly created Division of Environmental Planning at the Port of Long Beach. Cameron has more than 11 years of experience in the field of environmental planning.
Read more: Click here to read a news release on Cameronís appointment.

Cottrill Selected to Head Master Planning Division
The Board of Harbor Commissioners has named port planning veteran Larry Cottrill as director of the Portís newly created Division of Master Planning. Cottrill, who has more than 20 years of experience in long-range seaport planning, has been working for six years as the Portís Manager of Master Planning.
Read more: Click here to read a news release on Cottrillís appointment.

Arrivals

Port officials welcomed the Wan Hai Lines Ltd. vessel Wan Hai 508 with a "Maiden Voyage" plaque September 20 at Total Terminals Internationalís Pier T facility.
The Wan Hai 508 is a 4,250-TEU container ship serving the China Trans-Pacific Service (CTP), a joint venture between Pacific International Lines and Wan Hai. The Wan Hai 508 calls in Xiamen (China), Yantian (China), Hong Kong, Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Long Beach, and Oakland.

If You Missed It

Homeland Security Chief Tours Pier A
A recent visit by Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and two Congressional representatives gave the Port a chance to showcase the latest technological weapon in the war on terror, being tested at Pier A. The Advanced Spectroscopic Portal allows U.S. Customs and Border Protection to screen all containers for radioactive material as cargo leaves the terminal.
Watch it: Click here for a video feature on the new security technology.

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