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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
July 2008
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Port Hosts LMC Workshops

The Port hosted two workshops July 29 and 31 to discuss the Clean Trucks Program and what will be required of Licensed Motor Carriers (LMCs) seeking to do business at the Port. Under the Clean Trucks Program, Licensed Motor Carriers (LMCs) that want to do business in the Port of Long Beach must have a Port-approved concession beginning on October 1, 2008.
Read more: Visit the Clean Trucks web portal for more information or to download a concession application. If you have questions, email us at or call 1-888-KLN-TRUX (1-888-556-8789).
Watch it: View a webcast of the July 29 workshop here.
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Clean Trucks Program Continues, Despite Lawsuit

The Port of Long Beach is committed to implementing its landmark Clean Trucks Program as scheduled, notwithstanding litigation filed July 28 by the American Trucking Association (ATA).
"Truck pollution is a serious threat to public health -- including the health of truck drivers," said Port Executive Director Richard D. Steinke. "We need to move forward without delay to improve air quality."
The Port of Long Beach's Clean Trucks Program was crafted carefully and the Port expects it to be validated by the courts, Steinke said. In the meantime, the Port's attorneys are reviewing the ATA lawsuit and will submit a formal response.
The Port is encouraging trucking companies to sign up for the program, so that importers and exporters can be confident that sufficient trucks will be available to move their cargo during the peak shipping season this fall. Trucking companies (Licensed Motor Carriers, or LMCs) are now being enrolled through the Port's new concession program.
Read more: Click here for more on the Portís reaction to the lawsuit and here for the concession agreement. For general information about the Clean Trucks Program, visit the Portís clean trucks web portal
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First Air Quality Award Winners Recognized

Winners of the first San Pedro Bay Ports Air Quality Excellence Awards were recognized by the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles at July 16 luncheon in Long Beach. Long Beach Container Terminal, Foss Maritime Co. and Southern Counties Express were among the distinguished recipients. The honorees responded to the Ports' call to action to clean the air by quickly finding innovative methods to reduce air pollution.
Read more: Click here for a news release on the award winners.
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Hankla Starts Term as Commission President

Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners President James C. Hankla accepted the gavel from immediate past President Mario Cordero on Monday, July 14, to start a one-year term as the board's leader and the Port's chief spokesperson.
"We're at the forefront of ports around the world," said Hankla, who previously served as president for one year from 2006-2007. "This next year is not going to be easy, but I look forward to serving all of you in this capacity."
Read more: Click here for a news release on Hanklaís new term as Commission president and other actions at the July 14 meeting.
Watch it: Watch a short video of Hankla's remarks to the Board here.
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Exports Up, Imports Down in June

Imported containers continued to decline, dropping by 15 percent in June from the same month a year ago, while exported goods were up by 13.6 percent. Together with a decrease in empty container movement, the overall drop in container trade was 12.5 percent from the same month a year ago.
Port terminals moved a total of 579,675 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in June, compared to 662,219 TEUs in June 2007. Imported containers decreased by 15 percent to 288,339 TEUs while export containers increased increased by 13.6 percent to 160,180 TEUs. The movement of empty containers, most of which are sent overseas to be refilled with products, decreased by 27.9 percent to 131,156 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 8.7 percent when compared to the same time period in 2007.
Read more: Click here for the June 2008 TEU figures, and here for the June 2008 tonnage summary report.
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World Seaports Pledge to Cut Greenhouse Gases

Port of Long Beach Executive Director Richard D. Steinke joined with port leaders from around the globe recently in Rotterdam, Netherlands, to declare their commitment to the reduction of greenhouse gases and the improvement of air quality at ports worldwide.
Southern California's San Pedro Bay Ports and other participants at the C40 World Ports Climate Conference endorsed a declaration saying that because there is evidence greenhouse gases are tied to global climate change, ports have a responsibility to cut emissions from oceangoing ships, port operations and hinterland goods movement, and to promote renewable energy. The ports also agreed to take stock of their carbon footprints and to develop goals to shrink them.
Read more: Click here for a news release on the C40 World Ports Climate Conference.
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Carriers Enrolling in Fuel Incentive Program

About 136 vessels and 14 ocean carriers have enrolled in a new incentive program, launched July 1, aimed at accelerating the use of cleaner-burning fuel by ocean vessel operators. These vessels represent nearly 300 anticipated calls every three months.
The ports have earmarked nearly $20 million to pay vessel operators to use cleaner-burning, low-sulfur fuel in their main propulsion engines. Under the program, the ports will pay the difference between the price of bunker fuel and more costly low-sulfur fuel -- marine gas oil with no more than 0.2 percent sulfur. To expand fuel availability, both ports are allowing the use of marine diesel oil with no more than 0.2 percent sulfur.
Under the Vessel Fuel Incentive Program, sulfur oxides (SOx) will be cut by as much as 11 percent.
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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Board Extends Middle Harbor Comment Period

Harbor Commissioners recently agreed to add 30 days to the public comment period on a draft environmental impact study for a proposed Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project, moving the deadline for input to August 8, 2008.
The Port conducted two public hearings, June 11 and June 18, to receive verbal comment from the public. About 200 people attended the hearings, and about 100 offered comments on the proposed 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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TWIC Center Offers Convenience on Terminal Island

A new enrollment center has opened on Terminal Island for anyone else who needs to apply for a Transportation Worker Identification Credential. Located at the corner of Pier S Avenue and New Dock Street (1001 New Dock St., 90731-7544), the TWIC center offers appointments and information from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment and save time, pre-enroll at the TWIC website here or call toll-free 1-866-347-8942.
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Putting a Sock on Pollution
A new technology to dramatically reduce air pollution from ships, which fits over the ship's smokestack like a bonnet, was recently tested at the Port of Long Beach. The "sock on a stack" system traps pollutants that are then filtered and purified. To view a short video of the demonstration, click here.

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Opportunities for Small Businesses
The Portís Small Business Enterprise Program is making a positive contribution to the local economy by expanding opportunities for small businesses seeking Port contracts. Now in its fourth year, the program is helping to offer contracting opportunities to a wider range of companies than ever before.
The Port recently hosted an informal training session for contractors to introduce participants to the Portís bidding processes, networking opportunities and upcoming construction and design projects. To view a video of the session, click here.

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