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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
November 2007
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Commission Approves Ban on Dirty Trucks

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a tariff that will progressively ban the dirtiest harbor drayage trucks beginning in fall, 2008. The port tariff will achieve an 80 percent reduction in truck emissions within five years.
The dirty truck ban will start October 1, 2008, by excluding pre-1989 trucks. By January 1, 2012, trucks that do not meet the 2007 federal standard will be banned from Port service. The tariff meets the air quality goals set in the Clean Air Action Plan.
Read more: Click here for a news release on the clean trucks tariff approval, here for the tariff ordinance and here for a staff report on the tariff changes.
Watch it: Click here for an archived webcast of the Commissionís November 5 meeting on the tariff.
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Green Port Fest Draws 7,000 Visitors

The Port of Long Beachís third annual Green Port Fest attracted about 7,000 visitors October 13. The event provided a unique opportunity to learn more about the Port. Guests enjoyed train tours of piers J and G, boat tours of the harbor, environmental displays, entertainment, a visit by Olympic champion swimmer Aaron Peirsol and much more.
See it: Click here for the Green Port Fest photo gallery.
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Port Air Monitors Perform Public Service

The Port of Long Beachís real-time air quality monitoring system served as a valuable public resource during the recent Southern California wildfires, alerting residents to unhealthful air quality in the Long Beach area. During the fires, Port air monitors registered high levels of particulates due to the heavy smoke. The Portís system collects air and weather data to provide timely and accurate information on air quality in the Port region. The Port uses the information to monitor air quality and assist in the development of environmental initiatives to improve air quality.
See it: Click here to access the Portís air quality monitoring system.
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Container Trade Up 6.4 percent in September

After several months of slowing growth, container trade at the Port of Long Beach picked up in September with an increase of 6.4 percent compared to the same month a year ago.
Port terminals moved a total of 654,109 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in September, compared to 614,739 in September 2006. Imported containers increased by 4.4 percent, to 331,507 TEUs, while export containers increased by 36.7 percent to 134,842 TEUs. The movement of empty containers, most of which are sent overseas to be refilled with products, decreased by 5.4 percent, to 187,760 TEUs.
September was the fourth consecutive month of export increases of more than 30 percent. In the first nine months of 2007, total container trade has increased by 1.3 percent compared to the same time period in 2006.
Read more: Click here for a more detailed report on September container cargo movement. Click here for the September 2007 tonnage summary report, and here for the Portís 2007 year-to-date TEU trade.
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Port Introduces New Look, Logo

The Port has adopted a new logo to better represent its expanded commitment to the environment and community as well as economic vitality through international trade. The vibrant new look tells the story of the Portís new direction, demonstrated in recent years by its environmental stewardship under the groundbreaking Green Port Policy and the Portís commitment to community engagement. The logoís bold design encompasses the various facets of the Portís mission: trade, wildlife, people, and the greater community that depends on the Port for economic prosperity and access to goods and products.
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Cargo Movement: In Focus, Re:Port Grab Top National Awards

Re:Port, the Portís quarterly community newsletter, and Cargo Movement: In Focus, a goods-movement brochure, received First Place ďSavvyĒ awards in October at the City-County Communications and Marketing Associationís annual conference in Kansas City. 3CMA is a national organization representing public sector communications agencies. Cargo Movement: In Focus is a 12-page brochure developed and published by the Port to communicate the complexities of goods movement to the public. Re:Port, which earned its second Savvy award in two years, is distributed to 150,000 Long Beach households.
See it: Click here to see a web version of Cargo Movement: In Focus, and here for the Re:Port archives.
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New "Pulse of the Port" Now Online
Watch as new gantry cranes are delivered to Pier G and see how free harbor tours are educating the public about Port operations. Learn about the diverse wildlife species in the harbor, and meet the commissioners who oversee the Port of Long Beach. 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 to view the individual, four- minute segments, click on the following links: Giant Cargo Cranes, Harbor tours, Meet the Commission, Waterfront Wildlife Protection.

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Santa Ana Named Director of Engineering Design
The Board of Harbor Commissioners has appointed Jim Santa Ana to the newly created post of Director of Engineering Design. Santa Ana, who joined the Port in 1999, will lead a new division integral to development and renovation at the Port. The division produces the technical reports, studies, plans and specifications for construction projects involving terminals, wharfs, roadways and bridges, harbors and other facilities. Santa Ana will be responsible for managing multiple Port in-house design projects and studies.
Read more: Click here to read a news release on Santa Anaís appointment..

Shen to Lead Transportation Planning Division
Eric Shen, a former transportation planning official for the city of Pasadena, has joined the Port of Long Beach as the new Director of Transportation Planning. Shen will oversee the planning, design and development of transportation strategies, as well as the evaluation of the current transportation system. He will help implement Green Port Policy programs to reduce air pollution from goods movement, and represent the Port to regional, state and federal transportation agencies.
Read more: Click here to read a news release on Shenís appointment.

Plaque icon Arrivals

Port officials welcomed the Ocean Paradise, a bulk vessel chartered by NYK Global Bulk from United Ocean Group, with a "First Call" plaque October 10 at Mitsubishi Cementís Pier F facility.
The Ocean Paradise unloaded 43,860 metric tons of cement from Yantai, China at Pier F before loading petroleum coke bound for Yokkaichi, Japan at Metropolitan Stevedoreís Pier G facility.

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A Day in the Life of Capt. Manny Aschemeyer
Capt. M.H.K. "Manny" Aschemeyer, executive director of the Marine Exchange of Southern California and a longtime fixture in the maritime community, recently announced that he plans to retire in spring, 2008. Last year the Port of Long Beachís cable show "Pulse of the Port" profiled "Capt. Manny" to show how he and the Marine Exchange team use the latest technology to monitor vessel traffic and ensure ships are complying with the Portís Green Flag vessel speed reduction air quality program.
Watch it: Click here to watch the "Pulse of the Port" segment on Aschemeyer and the Marine Exchange.

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