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October 2008
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Thousands Take Part in Port Fest Adventure

Under cloudy skies but mild temperatures, nearly 10,000 people attended the fourth annual Green Port Fest on Saturday, October 4. Dozens of booths helped visitors learn more about Port operations, the benefits of the Port and its environmental Green Port Policy.
"Today is our chance to show you your Port of Long Beach," said Executive Director Richard D. Steinke, during a mid-day welcome from the entertainment stage. "We think this is a pretty amazing place. And we hope that after your visit today, you'll agree."
Visitors filled boats that took them out on the water for 45-minute, narrated Port tours and boarded Metrolink double-decker rail cars that took visitors for a closer look at Port shipping terminals.
Under white tents lining Harbor Plaza, more than 70 exhibitors, including many of Port customers and business partners, displayed green programs and projects. Others displayed giant cargo-handling equipment. One highlight was a booth where visitors made pledges to help make the world more sustainability by promising to conserve and protect the environment.
Photos: View photos of Port Fest '08 here.
Read more: To read more about the event click here.
Watch it: View the promotional video for Green Port Fest '08 here video.
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Clean Trucks Ushers in New Era for Air Quality

With cargo continuing to move smoothly, an unprecedented air quality program to slash air pollution from trucks began Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at the Port of Long Beach as older, dirtier big rigs were phased out of Port service.
Nearly all trucks on October 1 -- more than 95 percent of the thousands of vehicles arriving at the shipping terminals -- displayed bright orange stickers on their windshields, signifying their participation and compliance with the Port's new Clean Trucks Program. Trucks without the compliance stickers were turned away. With cooperation of so many truckers and trucking companies, no delays were seen at terminal gates.
The Clean Trucks Program is phasing out older trucks progressively until 2012, when only the cleanest, 2007 EPA-certified trucks can serve the Port. With the oldest trucks banned and owners busily purchasing new trucks to comply with future deadlines, the air quality improvements at the Port have already begun.
Already more than 750 trucking firms, representing about 15,000 drayage drivers and trucks, have registered under the Portís truck concession system, qualifying them for the orange terminal access stickers.
Read more: Click here for the full story.
Watch it: Watch an informational video about the Clean Trucks Program here.
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Port Opens Clean Trucks Sales, Leasing Office

Port of Long Beach officials on October 17, 2008 dedicated a new Clean Trucks Sales and Leasing office and handed over keys to the first two big-rigs leased through the Port's landmark Clean Trucks Program.
The Sales and Leasing Center will enable truck owners to replace their old, polluting vehicles with Port financial assistance in the form of a loan, grant or lease. The new office in west Long Beach, at Anaheim Street and Santa Fe Avenue, coordinates the sale or lease of the vehicle.
Read more: Read the full story here.
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Container Volumes Decrease in September

Containerized trade at the Port of Long Beach decreased by 15.2 percent in September, compared to the same time period a year ago. Imported containers decreased by 15.8 percent for the month, while exported goods were down 3.9 percent from the same month a year ago.
Port terminals moved a total of 554,837 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in September 2008, compared to 654,109 TEUs in September 2007. Imported containers decreased to 279,137 TEUs and export containers decreased to 129,630 TEUs. The movement of empty containers, most of which are sent overseas to be refilled with products, decreased by 22.2 percent to 146,070 TEUs.
So far in 2008, containerized trade is down 10.5 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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New Port Ad Airing on Cable

A new Port of Long Beach advertisement began airing in October on major Charter and Time-Warner cable outlets in Long Beach and surrounding communities, including A&E, Discovery, CNN, Fox News, History, ESPN, TLC and TNT. The animated ad showcases the Port's new, colorful logo and how it encompasses the Port's multiple stakeholders, including community, environmental and business concerns. The ad is airing evenings from 4 p.m. to midnight. The ad can also be viewed on the Port's web site and YouTube.
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Port Welcomes New Overseas Staff
The Port recently welcomed two new overseas representatives to facilitate business relations with companies and officials in Japan and Europe.
Norihiko Iwato, with 40 years of experience in the shipping industry, will represent the Port in Japan, working with Japanese maritime companies on the Port's behalf.
In Europe, the Port has named experienced shipping industry executive Lutz Ehrhardt to the newly created post of the Port's overseas representative in Europe. Based in Hamburg, Germany, Ehrhardt will work with companies and officials throughout Europe.

"Let's Talk Port" Reaching Out to Communities
"Let's Talk Port" is a series of community workshops to share information about the Port of Long Beach and to hear the public's thoughts about Port-related issues, such as jobs, the environment, security and more. The most recent workshop was October 20 in East Long Beach; the next will be in mid-November on Long Beach's west side.
Read more: Click here for more about the Let's Talk Port workshops.
Watch it: Click here to watch a short video on the "Let's Talk Port" program.

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Workshop for Cargo Owners
Port officials hosted a workshop October 22 for cargo owners to discuss Clean Trucks Program fees and answer questions about upcoming deadlines. Click here to watch the archived webcast.

Olive Oil Importer
Most Southern California consumers probably don't realize what it takes to ship olive oil from the Mediterranean region to their kitchens. A recent segment from the Port's award-winning cable program, "Pulse of the Port," explores the logistics behind this healthy import. Click here to watch the segment.

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