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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
December 2008
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New Harbor Commissioner Takes Seat

Long Beach attorney Susan E. Anderson Wise, a 34-year resident of the city, was sworn in Dec. 8 as the newest member of the Harbor Commission following her confirmation by the Long Beach City Council.
Appointed by Mayor Bob Foster, Wise succeeds Doris Topsy-Elvord, a former City Councilwoman who retired from the commission this summer.
As an attorney, Wise, 59, has experience in both commercial and civil cases, and as a Superior Court mediator. She is a partner with Long Beach-based Wise Pearce Yocis & Smith. Ms. Wise is a past president of the Long Beach Bar Association and the Women Lawyers of Long Beach, and three-term president of the Long Beach Legal Aid Foundation.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, she worked for one year in VISTA -- Volunteers in Service to America, a domestic version of the Peace Corps. In Long Beach, she has volunteered on the Board of Directors for the Children's Clinic, the YMCA of Greater Long Beach, and the Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership.
On video: Watch the Dec. 8 oath of office ceremony here.
Read more: To read the more about the new commissioner, click here.
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Green Flag Program for Ships Expanded

The Port will invest as much as $4 million a year to expand the successful Green Flag Incentive Program and achieve even greater reductions of air pollution from cargo ships that visit the Port, the Harbor Commission decided Dec. 8.
The Commission voted unanimously to expand the Green Flag program to include additional incentives that will encourage ships to slow down within 40 miles of the Port. Slowing down ships reduces fuel consumption and cuts air pollution by hundreds of tons every year.
Read more: Click here to read more about the expanded Green Flag program.
Green Flag flier: Click here for the Green Flag program flier.
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Commission OKs 'Green' Headquarters for Port

A new administration and maintenance complex for the Port of Long Beach that will achieve a high level of environmental building standards was approved Monday, Dec. 15, by the Harbor Commission.
The complex will be designed to achieve gold-level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, reflecting the Port’s commitment and investment in sustainable green building design, construction and operation. Energy efficiency, water conservation and recycled materials will be built into the nine-story headquarters and adjacent maintenance facility, on a 17-acre site immediately east of the current Port headquarters.
The project will replace an aging Port headquarters that lacks adequate space for current operations and is in need of more than $80 million in seismic upgrades.
Read more: Read the full story here.
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November Container Trade Decreases

Containerized trade at the Port dropped by about 8.9 percent in November, compared to the same month last year. Imported containers decreased by 13.6 percent for the month, while exported goods were down 23.6 percent from the same month a year ago.
Port terminals moved a total of 557,459 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in November 2008, compared to 611,606 TEUs in November 2007. Imported containers decreased to 267,840 TEUs and export containers also decreased, to 109,850 TEUs. The movement of empty containers, most of which are sent overseas to be refilled with products, increased by 14 percent to 179,769 TEUs.
So far in 2008, containerized trade is down 10.1 percent when compared to the same time period in 2007.
Read more: Click here for the November 2008 TEU figures, and here for the latest tonnage summary report.
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Compressed Natural Gas Trucks Arrive

Southern California Gas Co., in partnership with Port of Long Beach, the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the Port of Los Angeles, has launched a 12-month demonstration of the nation's first clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG)-fueled drayage trucks.
To study the use of natural gas in port operations, four CNG trucks will move containers between the San Pedro Bay ports and nearby freight-consolidation yards. The CNG truck engines are certified to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's stringent 2010 on-road emission standards. The trucks are expected to reduce nitrogen-oxides emissions – a precursor to smog – by 80 percent, as compared with the cleanest diesel truck.
Read more: Click here to read a news release on the project launch.
On video: Click here to view a clip of the December 1st kickoff event.
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Emergency Signs to Enhance Port Preparedness

Two new electronic signs under construction alongside local freeways will direct traffic away from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles in the event of an emergency.
The two changeable message signs are located next to the southbound Long Beach (I-710) Freeway between Wardlow Road and Willow Street, and the southbound Harbor (SR-110) Freeway near Torrance Boulevard.
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.
The Port of Long Beach has taken the lead on construction of the signs, which are scheduled to be operational in January.
Read more: For the full story, click here.
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Port of Long Beach Adds New Overseas Reps
The Port of Long Beach 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. The Port also named experienced shipping industry executive Lutz Ehrhardt to the newly created post of the Port's overseas representative in Europe. Read more about our new representatives here.

New "Pulse of the Port" Airs on Web, Cable
The latest episode of Port of Long Beach's award-winning television program, "Pulse of the Port," is now available for viewing on the Port's web site, Youtube.com and on Long Beach Television Channel 8.
This month's "Pulse of the Port" shows how the Port's biggest public event of the year, Green Port Fest, is educating the public about environmentally friendly Port improvements. Other features include an update on the groundbreaking Clean Trucks Program, fireboat operators, and Ricoh, a local business.
For more Port videos, click here for YouTube channel and click here [www.polb.com/videos] to access Port's video archives.

New Education Portal for Students, Teachers
A dedicated partner in the community and strong supporter of education, the Port has established a number of diverse programs for students of all ages, from tours and exciting activities for elementary school students to scholarships for college students majoring in international business. Find out more about the program at our education portal on the web.

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Port Hosts Workshop for Cargo Owners
The Port of Long Beach welcomed the Hamburg Sud vessel M/V Cap Andreas on Dec. 10 with a maiden voyage plaque presentation at International Transportation Service’s Pier G facility. The vessel has a capacity of 1,740 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEU), and is part of the carrier's Oceania PNW service, which includes the U.S. west coast, New Zealand and Australia.

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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.

Connect with the Port on Facebook and Myspace
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Watch Port videos on YouTube
Did you ever wonder where that bottle of olive oil comes from or how we maintain security at the Port? Now you can find out by watching Port videos on YouTube by clicking here.

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