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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
September 2008
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Clean Trucks Program to Begin Oct. 1

The Port of Long Beach Clean Trucks Program, a critical environmental initiative to reduce air pollution from the truck fleet by 80 percent by 2012, will kick off as scheduled October 1, 2008.
On that day the Port will begin enforcing the central component of the program, a ban on old, dirty trucks. As of October 1, model year 1988 and older trucks will not be allowed to access Port terminals. The Port is distributing window stickers that will temporarily allow access for compliant trucks, identified through the Port's concession agreements. In a few weeks, the Port will roll out an electronic system for compliance oversight.
In addition all trucking companies doing business with the Port must have a Port-approved concession. The concession agreements cover the rules that trucking companies must follow if they wish to do business with the Port. Security improvements, another major component of the program, will also begin October 1. All truck drivers are required to have a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) as part of their concession agreements or show evidence that they have applied for the TWIC.
Meanwhile, the Port is developing a computerized PortCheck system – similar to the existing PierPass system – that will enable the collection of Clean Trucks Fees from cargo owners. The fees will help finance leases and loans to assist truckers in obtaining clean trucks. The Port will begin collecting the fee as soon as the computer system is operational, which is expected to be a few weeks after October 1. Cargo owners are encouraged to register with PortCheck or PierPass immediately in order to claim their cargo when the Port begins assessing the fee.
Watch it: View our September 11 Clean Trucks Workshop here.
Read more: Read more about the October 1 kickoff here or here for a news release about the court decision allowing the program to proceed. To see the latest list of truck concession applicants, click here. And visit the Port's Clean Trucks web portal site at www.polb.com/cleantrucks for all the latest Clean Trucks Program information and concession applications.
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Be Part of the Adventure Oct. 4 at Green Port Fest

Come to the Port of Long Beach on Saturday, October 4, 2008, for the Fourth Annual Green Port Fest, a free, daylong extravaganza for the whole family.
The festivities will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can take the behind-the-scene boat and rail tours and visit a dazzling array of interactive displays, entertainment, children's activities and more.
Parking is free at the Queen Mary, or you can reach the event via public transit for free. Call (562) 590-4121 to request a free day pass for Long Beach Transit.
Read more: Click here for the official Green Port Fest page.
Watch it: Get a preview of Green Port Fest by watching this short video.
Be a Fan: Become a fan of the Port and Port Fest on Facebook and receive regular updates.
Photos: View past photos of Port Fest here.
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Exports Up, Imports Down in August

Containerized trade at the Port of Long Beach dropped by about 13 percent in August, compared to last year, as a decline in imports was offset somewhat by an increase in exports. Imported containers decreased by 13.3 percent for the month, while exported goods were up 8.5 percent from the same month a year ago.
Port terminals moved a total of 572,256 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in August 2008, compared to 657,904 TEUs in August 2007. Imported containers decreased to 283,174 TEUs while export containers increased to 153,467 TEUs. The movement of empty containers, most of which are sent overseas to be refilled with products, decreased by 28.6 percent to 135,615 TEUs.
The Port has seen double-digit growth in export container movement for 15 straight months. 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 9.9 percent when compared to the same time period in 2007.
Read more: Click here for the September 2008 TEU figures, and here for the latest tonnage summary report.
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Port Security Strengthened by Web-based Network

Port officials are expanding a surveillance-camera network that enhances security throughout the Port of Long Beach by sharing live video streams among law enforcement agencies, terminal operators and other Port stakeholders.
The Internet-based surveillance portal system boosts coordination of security efforts among Port tenants, first-responders, city departments and other partners by linking them to a Port-wide network of monitoring cameras. Although it uses the web, only authorized users are able to tap into the secure system. The web-based network was designed and installed by the Lanair Group of Los Angeles.
The Port has installed about 100 monitoring cameras throughout the harbor area. These monitors and the portal system are just part of a security system that has greatly improved at the Port since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Read more: Click here to read the full news release..
On the Web: Learn more about Port security here.
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Port Officials on Fox Business News
When the national media want answers about the U.S. economy, where do they turn? To the Port of Long Beach, of course. See recent Fox Business News interviews with Executive Director Richard D. Steinke and Deputy Executive Director J. Christopher Lytle here.

"Let's Talk Port" Reaching Out to Communities
"Let's Talk Port" -- the Port's traveling series of informal and informative community gatherings -- returns with three sessions this fall to share the latest updates and hear the community’s thoughts on Port-related topics including air quality, port redevelopment, economic outlook and security improvements. Click here for more about the Let’s Talk Port workshops.

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Clean Trucks Program Workshop
The Port hosted a workshop on September 25 to discuss the Clean Trucks Program and answer questions. Click here to watch the archived webcast.

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