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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.
Be Part of the Adventure Oct. 4 at Green Port Fest
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
Read more: Read more about the October 1 kickoff
for a news release about the court decision allowing the program to proceed.
To see the latest list of truck concession applicants, click
And visit the Port's Clean Trucks web portal site at
for all the latest Clean Trucks Program information and concession applications.
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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.
Exports Up, Imports Down in August
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.
for the official Green Port Fest page.
Watch it: Get a preview of Green Port Fest by watching this short
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Photos: View past photos of Port Fest
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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 Security Strengthened by Web-based Network
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.
for the September 2008 TEU figures, and
for the latest tonnage summary report.
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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.
Click here to read the full news release..
On the Web: Learn more about Port security
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