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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
January 2008
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Ports Approve Cargo Fee to Fund Transportation Projects

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday, January 14, in a joint meeting with the Los Angeles Board, approved a cargo fee that will generate $1.4 billion for transportation projects to improve traffic flow and air quality in the harbor area.
The infrastructure cargo fee, about $15 per loaded twenty-foot equivalent container unit (TEU), will provide funding for improvements including replacement of the Gerald Desmond and Heim bridges, freeway connector improvements, and port-area rail enhancements, which reduce the need for local truck trips. The ports expect to begin collecting the fee on January 1, 2009. The funds will be used to match Proposition 1B funds, for a total of about $3 billion for port-area improvements.
Read more: Click here for a news release on he infrastructure cargo fee. Also available are a Fact Sheet, board memo, and the tariff amendment.
Watch it: The Harbor Commission meeting is available for viewing anytime on the web. Click here for the meeting archives.
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Exports Boom, Imports Flat in 2007 Container Trade

A boom in exports helped overall Port container trade stay about the same from 2006 to 2007, with about 7.3 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs).
Port terminals moved a total of 7.31 million TEUs in 2007, compared to 7.29 in 2006, for a slight increase of 0.3 percent. In 2007, imported containers decreased by 0.4 percent, to about 3.7 million TEUs, while export containers increased by 22 percent to about 1.5 million TEUs. The movement of empty containers, most of which are sent overseas to be refilled with products, decreased by 10.8 percent, to about 2 million TEUs.
Between June and November 2007 the Port saw six consecutive months of export increases of more than 30 percent, fueling the overall yearly jump of 22 percent. Because more containers heading overseas were filled with exports, the number of empty containers moving across Port terminals declined.
Read more: Click here for the Portís 2007 year-to-date TEU trade, here for the December 2007 TEU figures, and here for the latest tonnage summary reports.
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Commission Approves Clean Trucks Fee

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved a cargo fee December 17 to help put a new generation of cleaner trucks into service. The fee will 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 fee approval followed the Boardís November action to ban old, dirty trucks from Port service beginning October 1, 2008. The Los Angeles Harbor Commission separately approved the fee, so it will apply across the San Pedro Bay.
Read more: Click here for a news release on the clean trucks fee. Also available are the Fact Sheet, Q&A, staff report, and the tariff amendment.
Watch it: Click here to watch a webcast of the December 17 board meeting.
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"Letís Talk" Brings the Port into Neighborhoods

The Port is reaching out to Long Beach residents with a series of community forums, "Letís Talk Port," beginning this month. Residents are invited to ask questions and share ideas in a casual setting, with Port staff on hand to provide information and listen to comments from residents. The Port will host "Let's Talk Port" workshops throughout the year, each at a different location in Long Beach.
Read more: For more information and the latest schedule of "Let's Talk Port" workshops, click here.
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Port Security Director Named Among "Most Influential"

Cosmo Perroneís mission to revamp and modernize security at the Port of Long Beach has not gone unnoticed by the security industry. The Portís Director of Security has been recognized as one of the "Top 25 Most Influential People in the Security Industry" by Security Magazine, a leading trade journal.
Read More: Click here for a news release on Perroneís recognition.
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OOCL Donates Green Flag Rebate to Long Beach Community

Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), has donated its $100,000 Green Flag rebate to the Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine for the development of the first universally accessible playground in the city. OOCLís donation comes from rebates given on dockage fees for compliance with the Portís "Green Flag" air quality program. OOCL maintained 100 percent compliance with the program in 2006.
The playground, to be built at El Dorado Park, will be Long Beachís first "universally accessible playground," for use by children with disabilities as well as able-bodied children. The donation was presented to the Long Beach City Council January 15 by Anthony Otto, vice president of OOCLís wholly-owned subsidiary, Long Beach Container Terminal Inc.
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New Port TV Episode Features Customs Dog
Meet Hex the U.S. Customs wonder dog, see the Port's latest environmental innovations and visit a marine fueling station on the latest edition of "Pulse of the Port," the Port of Long Beachís award-winning newsmagazine program. The episode shows how Customs uses trained canines to sniff out illicit shipments, the environmental technologies and innovations showcased at the recent Green Port Fest and how the fuel supplier Chemoil helps ships stay on the move.
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 Portís web site.
Watch it: Click here for the full, 23-minute "Pulse of the Port" episode. Or, click individually on the following, 4-6 minute segments:
Hex the inspection dog
Green Innovations (Part 1)
Green Port Fest (Part 2)
Chemoil Fuel Supplier.

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Portís Top Traffic Engineer Retires
Louis Rubenstein, the Port of Long Beachís Senior Traffic Engineer, retired from the Port in December after 20 years of service. Rubenstein had been responsible for traffic safety and traffic improvements at the Port as trade growth expanded rapidly.
The Port also said farewell in December to Howard Morlock, principal construction inspector with the Construction Management Division, who hung up his hard hat after 38 years with the Port. In Maintenance, Bill Bower, the assistant director, has retired after 25 years. Jim Toliver, the paint supervisor, departed after 15 years. John Bennett, a harbor maintenance mechanic, retired after almost 17 years.

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