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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
June 2008
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Hankla Named Commission President-elect

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has elected Commissioner James C. Hankla as the next board President, effective July 1, 2008. The board President presides over the Harbor Commission's weekly meetings, makes committee appointments and acts as chief spokesperson for the Port of Long Beach.
The Commission also elected Nick Sramek, who was appointed to the five-member Port governing board one year ago, as its incoming Vice President. Dr. Mike Walter, who is currently Vice President, was selected as Secretary for the coming term and outgoing President Mario Cordero was named Vice Secretary. Hankla previously served a one-year term as president in 2006-2007.
Read more: Click here for a news release on Hankla's selection.
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Port Commissioner Topsy-Elvord to Retire

After nearly 50 years of public service to the Long Beach community, Harbor Commissioner Doris Topsy-Elvord is retiring and will not seek reappointment to the Commission, she announced in early June.
Topsy-Elvord, a former Long Beach City Councilwoman, was appointed to the Harbor Commission in 2003. She served as Board President in 2005. In announcing her retirement, effective after the June 30 board meeting, Topsy-Elvord called her five years on the Commission "some of the most challenging and rewarding of my career."
Read more: Click here for a news release on Topsy-Elvord's retirement.
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Board Approves Cleans Truck Concession Rules

Aiming to begin signups for trucking companies in July, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved the terms of the unprecedented Clean Trucks Program, which will reduce trucking emissions 80 percent by 2012 at the Port of Long Beach.
The newly adopted concession agreement is the core of the Clean Trucks system, insuring that trucking firms adhere to pollution-reducing requirements at the risk of losing their right to operate in the Port.
Read more: For more details on the concession agreement, click here. Also, visit the Port's Clean Trucks Program web portal here: http://www.polb.com/cleantrucks.
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$1 Billion Port Budget Approved

The Long Beach Harbor Commission has approved a record Port budget that includes more than $440 million to pay for innovative air quality measures and other environmental programs.
The proposed $1.02 billion spending plan represents a 56 percent increase over the current fiscal year, as the Port's Clean Air Action Plan picks up momentum and brings cleaner trucks and cleaner ship fuels to the harbor. As in past years, the budget for fiscal year 2008-2009 relies on no taxes and is 100 percent supported by Port revenue and existing funds. With approval by the Commission, the Port budget next goes to the Long Beach City Council for final approval.
Read more: For more details on the Portís proposed budget, click here.
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Exports Up, Imports Down in May

Imported containers remained sluggish in May, dropping by more than 15 percent from the same month a year ago. Exported goods, however, continued to show strength, climbing 25 percent from the same month a year ago, resulting in an overall drop in container trade of 12.7 percent percent.
Port terminals moved a total of 529,011 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in May, compared to 606,256 TEUs in May 2007. Imported containers decreased by 15.6 percent to 267,381 TEUs while export containers increased to 158,798 TEUs. The movement of empty containers, most of which are sent overseas to be refilled with products, decreased by 36.7 percent to 102,832 TEUs.
The Port has seen double-digit increases in export container movement for 13 straight months, with nine months near or above 30 percent. Because more containers are heading overseas filled with exports, the number of empty containers moving across Port terminals is declining.
So far in 2008, containerized trade is down 7.9 percent when compared to the same time period in 2007.
Read more: Click here for the May 2008 TEU figures, and here for the May 2008 tonnage summary report.
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Ships Urged to Enroll in Ports' Fuel Incentive Program

Cargo vessel operators are encouraged to enroll immediately for the new Vessel Main Engine Fuel Incentive Program, offered by the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The program will pay vessel operators to use cleaner-burning fuel within 40 miles of San Pedro Bay in order to reduce vessel emissions. The voluntary program begins July 1.
Ocean carriers participating in the portsí program will substitute cleaner fuel for the standard, dirtier bunker fuel near the ports. Then the carriers will be reimbursed for the extra cost of the cleaner fuel. Long Beach has budgeted $9.9 million and Los Angeles has budgeted $8.6 million a year for the project. The one-year program will expire June 30, 2009, unless extended by the two harbor commissions.
Read more: Click here for a fact sheet on the program.
To enroll: Click here for information on how to participate in the program.
Watch it: Watch a recent Port workshop on the program here.
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Port Taking Input on Proposed Middle Harbor Project

The Port is continuing to receive public comments on the draft environmental impact report/environmental impact statement (EIR/EIS) for the Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project, a proposed $750-million, 10-year project that would create about 14,000 new, permanent jobs and cut air pollution at two port terminals by 50 percent or more from existing levels.
The Port hosted two public meetings, June 11 and June 18, where more than 100 people offered verbal comments about the project.
Read more: For more information, please see the Middle Harbor fact sheet, Q&A, & PowerPoint. Visit our environmental documents page for the full, downloadable EIR/EIS report.
Watch it: To watch the June 11 public hearing, click here, and for a video presentation on the proposed project by Port Executive Director Richard D. Steinke, click here.
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Clear Air Plan Honored by EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has bestowed a prestigious "Clean Air Excellence Award" on the landmark San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Program (CAAP), marking the sixth time that the plan has been recognized with an award, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles announced.
Created to reduce emissions in the San Pedro Bay port complex by more than 45 percent by 2012, the CAAP was chosen from among 130 programs submitted to the EPA for its impact and innovation in improving air quality, and its potential as a model for ports worldwide.
Read more: Click here for a news release on the EPA award.
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L.B. Museum, Port Present Art Exhibit

"The Art of Commerce," a collection of spectacular photographs capturing the industrial beauty of the Port of Long Beach with an historic pinhole-camera process, is now on display at the Long Beach Museum of Art through September 28, 2008.
The exhibition is a partnership between the Port, the Museum and photographer William Livingston, who created the large-scale images with a pinhole-style camera. Livingston's images merge this historic process with the modern commercial shipping activities at the Port.
Read more: Click here for a news release on the exhibit and visit the Museumís web site http://www.lbma.org/exhibits.html for information on "The Art of Commerce" and other current exhibits.
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CUT, Hyundai Honored For Major Community Donation

Port of Long Beach cargo terminal operator California United Terminals and its parent shipping line, Hyundai Merchant Marine, were recognized by the Board of Harbor Commissioners June 2 for a recent donation of $100,000 to Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo High School.
Last month CUT and Hyundai made the donation to Cabrillo to support its international studies program (which focuses on international business, the environment, cultural diversity and international law), to purchase a scoreboard for the school's athletic field, and to fund other projects.
The donation is the largest ever given to Cabrillo in its 13-year history.
Watch it: Click here for a short video clip of CUT/Hyundaiís presentation ceremony at Cabrillo High. .
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New "Pulse of the Port"
See firsthand how a satellite is launched into orbit, get an update on the Port's clean-air accomplishments, visit one of the world's largest grain export terminals and take a virtual harbor tour in the latest episode of the Port's award winning television program, "Pulse of the Port."
Watch it: To see the entire broadcast online, click here.
Or watch the four-minute segments individually:
Sea Launch; Clean Air Action Plan update; grain terminal; Port tours.

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Clean Trucks Program Web Portal
The October 1, 2008 launch of the Port of Long Beach clean trucks program is fast approaching. 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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