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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
November 2008
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Port Dedicates First Shoreside Power Project

Launching a new, "green" era in shipping at the Port of Long Beach, the "K" Line container vessel Long Beach Bridge on Tuesday, November 11, 2008, became the Port's first ship to plug in to clean electrical power and shut down its diesel engines at berth for major air quality improvements.
A dockside commissioning ceremony at the International Transportation Service, Inc. (ITS) terminal marked the completion of an $8 million project that installed electrical power outlets for ships docking at Pier G. Plug-in shoreside power, also known as "cold-ironing," allows ships to shut down their auxiliary engines while the ship is docked, for a 100 percent reduction of air pollution at berth.
Without shoreside electricity, vessels would use their own diesel-powered auxiliary engines to power refrigerated containers, pumps, lighting, air conditioning and computers while at dock. Shutting down a single ship's diesel engines at berth for a day achieves the same air quality improvements as taking 33,000 cars off Southern California roads.
Read more: To read more about the commissioning ceremony, click here.
Fact sheet: Click here for shoreside power facts.
Photo gallery: View photos of the event here.
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L.B. Attorney Appointed to Harbor Commission

Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster announced November 10 that he has appointed local attorney Susan Wise to the Harbor Commission.
Wise, a partner with Long Beach-based Wise Pearce Yocis & Smith, has nearly 34 years experience in commercial and civil cases, and as a Superior Court mediator. Wise is active in the Long Beach community and volunteers with the boards of directors for the Children's Clinic, the YMCA of Greater Long Beach, Long Beach Bar Foundation and the Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership. She has lived in Long Beach for more than 30 years.
If confirmed by the City Council, Wise would succeed Doris Topsy-Elvord, a former Long Beach City Councilwoman who recently retired from the Harbor Commission.
Read more: Click here for the full story.
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Clean Truck Fee Collection Delayed

Collection of the Clean Trucks Fee at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles was delayed this month amid ongoing discussions between Federal Maritime Commission staff and West Coast marine terminal operators. Previously, fee collection was to begin on November 17.
FMC staff and terminal operators are discussing procedural challenges, such as automated gate administration and the fee collection process.
The Clean Trucks Fee fee will be used to finance the replacement of thousands of polluting cargo trucks.
Read more: Read the full story here.
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Cargo Trade Down in October

Reflecting the national economic slump, containerized trade at the Port of Long Beach decreased by about 7.7 percent in October, compared to the same time period last year. Imported containers decreased by 9.5 percent for the month, while exported goods were down 8.5 percent.
Port terminals moved a total of 595,189 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in October 2008, compared to 644,573 TEUs in October 2007. Imported containers decreased to 292,456 TEUs and export containers decreased to 132,521 TEUs. The movement of empty containers, most of which are sent overseas to be refilled with products, decreased by 3.6 percent to 170,212 TEUs.
So far in 2008, containerized trade is down 10.2 percent when compared to the same time period in 2007.
Read more: Click here for the October 2008 TEU figures, and here for the latest tonnage summary report.
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Long Beach Responds to FMC Lawsuit

Despite a requested injunction by the Federal Maritime Commission against the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach to invalidate portions of the ports' Clean Trucks Programs, the Port of Long Beach is confident in its legal position and will continue to move ahead with its landmark initiative to ban and replace dirty diesel trucks that pollute the region.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court October 31 in Washington, D.C., seeks to block Clean Trucks employee-only truck driver provisions, prohibitions against independent owner-operator truck drivers and incentives and fees applied to some but not all trucked cargo. The Port of Long Beach’s Clean Trucks Program allows both independent drivers and trucking companies to work at the Port.
Read more: For the full story, here.
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Port Wins Award for Financial Reporting Efforts

The Port of Long Beach has once again earned top honors for its financial reporting.
The Port recently received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2007 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).
The Port has earned the certificate for 25 years in a row from the GFOA, an association of more than 17,000 state/provincial and local finance officers in the United States and Canada. The GFOA established the certificate program to recognize governmental agencies that produce a high quality and thorough financial report.
Read more: View the full news release here.
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Hankla Addresses Port Leaders
Harbor Commission President James C. Hankla delivered the opening keynote address at the annual TOC Americas event, which brought together top seaport industry professionals from North, Central and South America at the Long Beach Convention Center November 18-20. In addition, Port of Long Beach Executive Director Richard D. Steinke led a panel discussion on environmental challenges in the seaport industry.

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Port Hosts Workshop for Cargo Owners
The Port hosted a workshop on October 22 to discuss everything cargo owners need to know about the Clean Trucks Program. Click here to watch the archived webcast.

New Port Ad Airing on Cable
A new Port of Long Beach television advertisement began airing early 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. Click here to watch the ad.

Sea Launch on 'Pulse of the Port'
Sea Launch, a mobile launch pad based at the Port of Long Beach, is scheduled to launch its next communications satellite, SICRAL 1B, in January 2009. Click here to watch Sea Launch's unique operations in a recent segment of the Port's award winning television program, "Pulse of the Port."

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