Hex is on the hunt. Charging up narrow steps and down tight passageways aboard the
container ship Ipanema, Hex is poking his nose into every corner, every hollow
area beneath steel railings and braces.
A key member of U.S. Customs and Border Protectionís canine inspection team, Hex
scurries and sniffs, while partner Steve Fischer eyes the dogís every reaction and
scans for more targets.
Hex is a narcotics dog ó a Belgian Malinois trained by Customs for his ability to
catch the tiniest whiff of illegal drugs. He can detect the slightest smells, even
in a shipís engine room where huge pistons thrum noisily and the tang of machine
oil hangs in the air.
Click here for a cargo canines photo gallery.
Click here for a video feature on the cargo canines.
Gantry Cranes Stand Tall
Giant gantry cranes, the soaring steel towers used for moving big cargo containers on and
off ships at the Port, are familiar sights along the Long Beach coastline. But it was an
unusual scene when four gantry cranes could be spotted floating in Long Beach Harbor.
Port Debuts New Look
The cranes were on a ship waiting to be moved onto a dock at a Port shipping terminal.
New cranes, which cost about $7 million each, arrive fully assembled for quicker
installation on the docks. The cranes stand nearly as high as a 30-story office building.
They weigh about 150 tons and have arms that reach out 180 feet, across 22 rows of shipping containers.
Click here for a cranes photo gallery.
Click here for a video feature on the new cranes.
The Port has introduced a new logo to better reflect its commitment to the environment
and local community under its Green Port initiative.
Clean Trucks Plan to Improve Air Quality
The vibrant new look symbolizes the Portís Green Port Policy to improve the quality of
air, water, soil and sediments at the Port while serving the region as a vital economic resource.
In the logo, colorful images of a ship, fish, people, a bird, trees, a home, and office
towers circle a stylized shape of the United States.
Within the next few years, only the cleanest cargo-delivery trucks will be operating at
the Port of Long Beach.
Let's Talk Port
The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a progressive ban on old,
dirty diesel trucks from serving the Port starting in October, 2008. The five-year
program will slash air pollution from short-haul (or "drayage") trucks by 80 percent.
Come join the Port of Long Beach for ďLetís Talk Port,Ē a series
of community workshops to share information about the Port and to
hear the publicís thoughts on Port-related issues.
Please plan to attend. The workshops will be scheduled in Long Beach
neighborhoods throughout the year. Port staff will answer questions
and listen to comments on a variety of issues, including:
- How the Port operates
- Creating a "green" seaport
- Improving security
- Future improvement projects
- Jobs and careers
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