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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
April 2008
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Ports Approve Low-Sulfur Fuel Incentive

The Long Beach and Los Angeles harbor commissioners approved an incentive program March 24 aimed at accelerating cargo vessel operators' use of cleaner-burning fuel when transiting within 40 miles of San Pedro Bay and at berth in either port.
As part of the program -- which will improve air quality by reducing toxic ship emissions -- the ports will earmark millions of dollars to pay vessel operators to use cleaner-burning, low-sulfur fuel in their main propulsion engines. Sulfur oxides, which contribute to the formation of health-threatening soot or particulate matter, will be cut by as much as 11 percent and particulate matter by 9 percent, accelerating air-quality improvements ahead of an already aggressive schedule set by the landmark San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan.
Read more: Click here for a fact sheet on the program and here for more news.
Watch it: Click here to view a webcast of an April 9 workshop at the Port of Long Beach and here for the accompanying PowerPoint presentation.
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Mayor, Port Officials Expand "Green Port" Network in Europe

To further establish a worldwide, collaborative network of environmentally friendly seaports and promote the Port of Long Beach's "green" initiatives on a global stage, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, Harbor Commissioners and Port officials conducted a two-week trade mission to Europe's largest seaports in late March and early April.
The trade mission included summits at the major European ports of Hamburg and Rotterdam, where Port officials signed an agreement to share best environmental practices, work together on ways to reduce greenhouse gases and promote environmentally sustainable seaport technologies. The delegation also met with officials from European shipping lines that use the Port, the International Maritime Organization in London and the United Nations Environmental Program in Geneva, Switzerland.
Read more: To read more about the Port's environmental agreement with Rotterdam, click here. For a report on the meeting with the United Nations Environmental Programme, click here and for news about the International Maritime Organization meeting, click here.
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Top Shipping Lines Honored for Environmental Leadership

Fifteen major shipping lines that led a 620-ton reduction in air pollution by participating in the Port's Green Flag air quality program were honored by the Board of Harbor Commissioners in a special ceremony March 24 at the Aquarium of the Pacific. The companies honored were those that achieved the highest rates of compliance with the program and the most frequent vessel calls in 2007, among 146 companies that earned Green Flags.
The Green Flag program, which rewards ships and vessel operators for voluntarily slowing ship speeds in the harbor to reduce air pollution, achieved its highest rates of compliance ever in 2007, at nearly 90 percent. In February 2008 the compliance rate climbed even higher, to nearly 95 percent.
Read more: Click here for the top honorees in the Green Flag program.
See it: To view a photo gallery of the Green Flag awards ceremony, click here.
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March Container Trade Dips Nearly 8%

A nearly 10 percent drop in imports, partially offset by export volume increases, contributed to an overall decrease of nearly 8 percent in containerized trade at the Port for the month of March.
Port terminals moved a total of 498,114 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in February, a decrease of 7.9 percent when compared to 541,107 TEUs in March 2007. Imported containers decreased by 9.8 percent to 228,328 TEUs, while export containers increased by 29.6 percent to 162,679 TEUs. The movement of empty containers, most of which are sent overseas to be refilled with products, decreased by 34.1 percent to 107,107 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 in early March 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.
So far in 2008, containerized trade is down 7.4 percent when compared to the same time period in 2007.
Read more: Click here for the March 2008 TEU figures, and here for the February 2008 tonnage summary report.
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Port Launches Clean Trucks Program Web Portal

To provide a one-stop source of Clean Trucks Program information for truck drivers, Licensed Motor Carriers and others in the trucking and transportation industries, the Port has launched a web portal with the latest news, information, phone numbers, frequently asked questions and useful web links.
Read more: Click here to access the clean trucks page.
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Setting the Pace at the Long Beach Grand Prix
A hybrid vehicle with a green, logo-themed exterior showcased the Port's commitment to the environment as an Official Pace Car Sponsor, leading racers at the 2008 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach April 18-20, 2008. It was the first time the Port sponsored a Grand Prix pace car.
The Port's Toyota Prius set the pace in five races, allowing the Port to showcase its environmental initiatives before nearly 200,000 expected race fans with the theme "Setting the Pace."
See it: Click here for a photo gallery of the pace car in action.

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'Pulse of the Ports' Peak Season Conference
If you weren't able to attend the March 19 the "Pulse of the Ports" 2008 peak season forecast, you can watch the entire conference webcast here. If you attended, let us know what you think by clicking here. View the video or PowerPoint for the individual speakers by clicking on the links below:
Paul Bingham, Global Insight
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Charlie Woo, Megatoys
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Brian Black, Hyundai Merchant Marine
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Doug Tilden, Ports America
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Mike Mitre, ILWU
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Frank Pisano, TraPac
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John Kaiser, Union Pacific
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Vic La Rosa, TTSI
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