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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
December 2007
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Commission to Vote on Clean Trucks Tariff

Having approved a clean truck requirement last month that will ban old, dirty diesel trucks from the Port of Long Beach, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday, December 17, 2007, will consider a cargo fee to help put a new generation of cleaner trucks into service.
The proposed fee would place a $35 charge on every loaded twenty-foot equivalent (TEU) cargo container entering or leaving the ports by short-haul (or “drayage”) truck beginning June 1, 2008. The fee would not apply to containers entering or leaving the ports by train and would end when the fleet of drayage trucks meets Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) requirements in about 2012.
The proposed fee follows the Board’s November action to ban old, dirty trucks from Port service beginning October 1, 2008.
Read more: Click here for a news release on the proposed clean trucks fee. Also available are the Fact Sheet, Q&A, staff report and the proposed tariff amendment.
Watch it: The Harbor Commission meeting will be broadcast live on the web. Click here at 1 p.m. December 17 to view the live webcast.
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ARB Chair Visits Port to Discuss 'Green' Ship, Truck Rules

California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols visited the Port of Long Beach December 5 for a news conference to discuss statewide regulations aimed at cutting pollution from oceangoing ships and trucks that serve state seaports.
The first regulation calls for certain ships to shut down their diesel auxiliary engines and use shore-based electrical power while at berth. The second regulation is aimed at cleaning up emissions from the aging fleet of diesel trucks that serve ports. The new rules were approved by the Air Resources Board on December 6 and December 7. Nichols said the regulations will cut pollution from the two sources by as much as 50 percent in the next two years and by as much as 80 percent in the next 10-12 years.
See it: Click here for a short (2-minute) video of the news conference, including interviews with Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and Port Executive Director Richard D. Steinke.
Read more: Click here to read more about the ARB’s regulations.
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Container Trade Dips Slightly in October

After a brisk September that saw a 6 percent increase in container trade at the Port of Long Beach, Port trade decreased by 0.9 percent in October compared to the same month a year ago.
Port terminals moved a total of 644,573 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in October, compared to 650,726 in October 2006. Imported containers decreased by 3.7 percent, to 323,131 TEUs, while export containers increased by 32.5 percent to 109,318 TEUs. The movement of empty containers, most of which are sent overseas to be refilled with products, decreased by 14.2 percent, to 176,603 TEUs.
October was the fifth consecutive month of export increases of more than 30 percent. In the first ten months of 2007, total container trade has increased by 1.1 percent compared to the same time period in 2006.
Read more: Click here for a more detailed report on October container cargo movement. Click here for the October 2007 tonnage summary report, and here for the Port’s 2007 year-to-date TEU trade.
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TSA Officials Kicks Off ID Card Enrollment at Port

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration began enrollment for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential, or TWIC, program December 12 for workers at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The enrollment is part of the nationwide rollout of TWIC that began earlier this fall. TWIC is designed to improve security at ports by limiting access to qualified individuals who have passed a background check.
While the Port supports the TWIC program as part of the ongoing effort to improve seaport security, the Port has no direct role in the TWIC program or enrollment. The TSA, a division of Homeland Security, will conduct the enrollment, card distribution and administration of the TWIC Program. The U.S. Coast Guard will be in charge of working with terminal operators to regulate compliance.
Read more: For detailed information on the program, visit the TSA’s TWIC web portal here.
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Port TV Wins National Award

The Port of Long Beach’s newsmagazine television program, "Pulse of the Port," has won first-place honors from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA). The awards recognize excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies throughout North America.
"Pulse of the Port" takes viewers behind the scenes at one of the world’s busiest seaport complexes, showcasing the big machines, innovative technology, creative people and pioneering programs that make Long Beach a world leader in seaport management and environmental stewardship. The half-hour program is broadcast on cable television, on Long Beach Television 8 in English and Spanish, and available for viewing anytime on the Port’s web site.
Watch it: Click here for an archive of "Pulse of the Port" segments.
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Port Boat Tours Inform, Educate
The Port of Long Beach’s award-winning harbor tour program was a big hit with the public this summer and fall. Join "Pulse of the Port" host Lesley Machado and Long Beach residents as they learn more about the Port and its environmental programs, see the Sea Launch vessel and get close to a container ship.
Watch it: Click here to view the video.

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Cherin Named Board Executive Officer
The Board of Harbor Commissioners has appointed Alex H. Cherin, Long Beach’s former Assistant City Auditor, as the new Executive Officer to the Board. Cherin served as Assistant City Auditor since May, 2006 when he was appointed by City Auditor Laura L. Doud. Prior to that, Cherin specialized in international trade and maritime law issues as an attorney for the Long Beach firm Flynn, Delich & Wise.
The Executive Officer coordinates all administrative and communications functions for the Board, serves as a personal advisor on general issues, makes recommendations on public policy issues and coordinates trade missions and conferences, among other duties.
Read more: Click here to read a news release on Cherin’s appointment.

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Giant Gantry Cranes on the Move
You can’t unload a container ship without a towering gantry crane, and as new vessels that are higher and wider are introduced, new cranes are needed. Find out how port terminals move and install these massive pieces of equipment, which are delivered fully assembled, weighing up to 1,500 tons each.
Watch it: Click here to watch the "Pulse of the Port" segment on the giant cranes.

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