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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
February 2008
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Board Approves Landmark Clean Trucks Plan

In a victory for clean air, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners voted on Tuesday, February 19, to approve key elements of a landmark Clean Trucks Program that will replace and modernize the entire port trucking fleet to slash truck-related air pollution by 80 percent within four years.
After listening to testimony for more than five hours, the Port of Long Beach Commissioners voted unanimously to adopt a truck concession requirement that will help identify "clean" trucks, ensure reliable short-haul ("drayage") service, and improve air quality, security and safety. Only "clean" concession trucks, with employee or owner-operator drivers, will be allowed to work at the Port of Long Beach.
Read more: Click here for a news release on the Clean Trucks Plan. Also available are a Fact Sheet, concession requirements, concession agreement, financing memo, and the tariff ordinance.
Watch it: Click here to view the Harbor Commissionís February 19 meeting.
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Hear the Expert Forecasts March 19

What are the experts predicting for the peak shipping season 2008? How will the national economy, federal TWIC security requirements, labor negotiations and other issues affect port traffic? Find out at this year's "Pulse of the Ports" peak season conference presented by the Port of Long Beach.
The conference will be March 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, 200 S. Pine Ave. Speakers will include economic forecast experts, shippers, terminal operators, union representatives and railroad representatives.
To attend, please send an e-mail with your name, title and company to Admission is free.
For more information and a list of speakers, click here.
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Container Trade Decreases in January

While exports continued their upward trajectory, the overall amount of cargo containers moving through the Port decreased by about 12 percent in the first month of 2008, compared to the same time period a year ago.
Port terminals moved a total of 521,342 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in January 2008, a decrease of 11.9 percent when compared to 591,469 units in January 2007. Imported containers decreased by 13.8 percent to 261,543 TEUs, while export containers increased by 12.4 percent to 121,701 TEUs. The movement of empty containers, most of which are sent overseas to be refilled with products, decreased by 23.2 percent to 138,098 TEUs.
Since mid-2007 the Port has seen double-digit increases in export container movement each month, with many months topping 30 percent. Because more containers are heading overseas filled with exports, the number of empty containers moving across Port terminals is declining.
Read more: Click here for the January 2008 TEU figures, and here for the January 2008 tonnage summary report.
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"Letís Talk Port" Reaches Out to Neighborhoods

The Port kicked off its new series of community forums, "Letís Talk Port," with three meetings in January and early February. The meetings were well-attended, drawing as many as 85 residents each. The "Letís Talk" series invites Long Beach residents to ask questions about the Port and share ideas in a casual setting, with Port staff on hand to provide information and listen to comments. The Port will host "Let's Talk Port" workshops throughout the year, each at a different location in Long Beach. The next workshop is March 12 at International Elementary School, 700 Locust Ave.
Read more: For more information and the latest schedule of "Let's Talk Port" workshops, click here.
Watch it: Click here for a short video clip of the Dooley Elementary School meeting.
See it: Click here for photos of the first meeting at Dooley Elementary School, here for photos of the second meeting at Franklin Middle School and here for photos of the third meeting at Rogers Middle School.
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Cranes to Get $5 million Environmental Upgrade

A $5-million grant program to help fund environmentally friendly cargo cranes and improve air quality at the Port of Long Beach has been approved by the Board of Harbor Commissioners.
While all of the Port's tall, ship-to-shore cranes are already electrically powered, the grant program would apply to a second type, "rubber-tired gantry" cranes or RTGs, that are used to move containers within shipping terminals.
Read more: Click here for more information about the grant program.
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OOCL Honored For Community Partnerships

Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), a major Port of Long Beach shipping firm, was recognized by the Harbor Commission on February 4 for recent donations to parks and educational causes in Long Beach.
"OOCL is a great corporate citizen," said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster at the Commission meeting. "I wanted to come here personally and let you know how much we respect this company and how much we appreciate its being a good corporate citizen. This is what it means to be a part of the community, this is what it means to be involved, and this is what it means to work for the betterment of this entire city."
Read more: Click here for a news release on the OOCL recognition.
Watch it: Click here for a video clip of the presentation.
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Port Launches Scholarship Program for L.B. Students

The Port is launching a $16,000 a year scholarship program for Long Beach high school seniors planning to pursue careers in international trade, goods movement or other port-related industries.
The annual scholarships, which will range from $1,000 to $8,000 per student, will be disbursed over four years as the students remain in good academic standing in a major field related to the port industry.
Read more: Click here for more information about the scholarship, and here for the scholarship application.
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Steinke's 'State of the Port' Address
The Port of Long Beach is blazing a path as a business, environment and community friendly port, and is fully committed to that new role, Port Executive Director Richard D. Steinke said recently in his "State of the Port" address to a meeting of the International Business Association.
Watch it: Click here to watch the video and here to see Steinkeís PowerPoint presentation.

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Adamowicz Named Director of Real Estate
The Board of Harbor Commissioners has named Karl Adamowicz as the Director of Real Estate for the Port of Long Beach. Adamowicz had been serving as Acting Director of the Real Estate Division since January 2007. He started at the Port in 1997 as a Leasing Officer in the Real Estate (formerly Properties) Division.
Read more: Click here for a news release on Adamowiczís appointment.

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