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

Moving ahead quickly with its Clean Trucks Program, the Port has issued a Request for Proposals for suppliers of heavy-duty trucks and issued a Request for Qualifications for at least one financial institution to assist in the acquisition of the trucks.
In February the Board voted to approve key elements of the landmark program, which will replace and modernize the entire port trucking fleet to slash truck-related air pollution by 80 percent by 2012.
Read more: See the heavy-duty truck Request for Proposals here and the financial institution Request for Qualifications here. Click here for a Clean Trucks FAQ page.
Watch it: Click here to view the Harbor Commissionísmeeting of February 19, when the Board voted to approve key elements of the Clean Trucks Program.
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Lytle Appointed Deputy Director

The Board of Harbor Commissioners has promoted J. Christopher Lytle, the Portís Managing Director of Trade Relations and Port Operations, to the position of Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. As Deputy Executive Director, Lytle is the Portís No. 2 executive. The position of Deputy had been vacant since Kevin Eldridge left the Port for personal reasons nearly a year ago.
Read more: Click here for a news release on Lytleís appointment.
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State Awards $8.3 million Security Grant

The Port welcomed an $8.36 million grant announced February 14 by the state Office of Homeland Security. The money comes from the statewide ballot measure Proposition 1B, approved by voters in 2006. Of the $20 billion from that measure, $1 billion will be devoted to security. The first distribution of 1B security grants, $40 million went to 11 California seaports. Security is a major priority for the Port of Long Beach, which will use the funds for projects that will help to protect the Port and prepare it to operate after a disaster.
Read more: Click here for a news release on the grant.
Watch it: Click here for a short video clip of a February 14 news conference at the Port, announcing the grants.
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February Container Trade Down Slightly

A continued dip in imports, nearly offset by a major leap in exports, contributed to an overall decrease of 2.1 percent in containerized trade at the Port for the month of February.
Port terminals moved a total of 529,699 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in February, a decrease of 2.1 percent when compared to 541,204 TEUs in February 2007. Imported containers decreased by 7.6 percent to 263,231 TEUs, while export containers increased significantly, by 36.1 percent to 148,189 TEUs. The movement of empty containers, most of which are sent overseas to be refilled with products, decreased by 19.6 percent to 119,193 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.
An additional factor last month was the February 7 Chinese New Year, which shuts down production in China for a week or more. Typically U.S. port trade slows two weeks later, about the end of February through early march.
Read more: Click here for the February 2008 TEU figures, and here for the February 2008 tonnage summary report.
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National Award for Green Flag Program

An innovative and successful program to reduce air pollution by slowing ship speeds has earned the Port a national environmental excellence award. The Portís voluntary "Green Flag" air quality initiative has been recognized by the National Association of Environmental Professionals with its Environmental Management Award.
The award will be presented this month at the organizationís annual conference in San Diego.
Read more: Click here for a news release on the NAEP award.
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Port Proposes New, "Green"-Certified Headquarters

To replace a nearly 50-year-old, functionally deficient administration building and maintenance facilities, the Port is proposing to build a new, certified environmentally friendly complex on a 17-acre site just east of its current headquarters. The structure would qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification and provide amenities for the community such as public meeting rooms and an outdoor amphitheater for large group gatherings.
Read more: Click here for more information on the proposed Administration Building and Maintenance Yard complex.
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Davis Appointed Port Security Chief
Harbor Patrol Supervisor Ed Davis has been appointed the new Chief Port Security Officer.
Davis is a nine-year Harbor Patrol veteran who has worked as a Supervisor and Training coordinator. As Chief, he will oversee the Portís Harbor Patrol officers.
Read more: For more information about the security functions of the Harbor Patrol, visit our Security web portal here.

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Customs Dogs on Port TV
A recent episode of the Portís award-winning cable news program, Pulse of the Port, featured a team of U.S. Customs officers and their canine companions, who are trained to sniff out illicit shipments.
Watch it: Click here to view the four-minute video of the Customs dogs in action.

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