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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
January 2009
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Steinke to Deliver 'State of the Port' Jan. 30

Port of Long Beach Executive Director Richard D. Steinke will address members of the business community on the "State of the Port," January 30 at the Long Beach Hyatt. Steinke will discuss recent accomplishments and future plans for the nation's second-busiest seaport.
The event is organized by the International Business Association of Southern California (IBA) and the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and will be webcast live at www.polb.com.
Read more: For more information, visit the Chamber of Commerce web site. Click here for an RSVP form and instructions.
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Clean Trucks Fee to Begin Feb. 18

The Port of Long Beach will begin collecting a Clean Trucks Fee on February 18, 2009 to accelerate the replacement of thousands of polluting cargo trucks. At the same time the Port will kick off an electronic gate access system that will enable the fee collection and improve security at shipping terminals. "It is imperative that we begin collecting the fees so we can move forward and achieve our clean-air goals," said Richard D. Steinke. "The truck financing fee is a critical, long-planned part of our Clean Trucks Program to protect public health and improve air quality and security."
The Clean Trucks Fee is expected to raise about $1 million a day or about $1 billion over the next few years at both San Pedro Bay ports to help finance the replacement of many of the 17,000 trucks that are a leading source of air pollution in Southern California. "With the current credit crisis, it will be impossible for most truckers to replace all their trucks without our financial assistance program," Steinke said.
Collection of the fee was scheduled to begin in November, but was delayed twice due to Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) review.
Read more: Read the full news release here.
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Year-end Cargo Figures Reflect Global Slump

Container cargo shipments through the Port in 2008 reflected the depth of the global economic recession, dropping 11 percent compared to 2007. It was the biggest single-year decline in more than 20 years.
Year-end totals show that the number of containers shipped into and out of the Port fell to 6.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2008 - the lowest level in Long Beach since 2004. The year culminated in an especially weak December, when the monthly total tumbled 25.3 percent to 429,946 TEUs - the lowest monthly total since February 2005.
The 2008 cargo numbers reinforce the need for strategic investments to help spark a rebound, Port officials said.
"Despite the weak global economy, Port of Long Beach remains fiscally strong and competitive," said Port Executive Director Richard D. Steinke. "While 2008 was a difficult year for the maritime industry, the Port is firmly committed to investing in improvements that will provide new, local jobs, stimulate the local economy, protect the environment and improve security."
Read more: Click here for the full news release release.
Get the stats: Click here for the latest Port statistics.
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Clean Air Measures Cut Port-related Pollution

A new air-quality analysis shows the ships, trains, trucks and other goods-movement machinery at the Port of Long Beach produced less pollution in 2007, the first year after the passage of the landmark Clean Air Action Plan.
Despite a 9 percent increase in the amount of cargo moved, many major pollutants including diesel particulates were significantly reduced in 2007 compared to 2005, thanks to the use of cleaner fuels and the replacement of older equipment. Still, two pollutants, smog-forming nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide, saw slight increases.
The findings are part of a detailed, annual "emissions inventory" produced by the Port as part of the Clean Air Action Plan, which was approved by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners in November 2006. Read more: Read the full story here.
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Public Urged to Review Proposed Rail Project

The agency governing the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF), in West Long Beach is asking the public to make suggestions for an environmental review of a proposed modernization project at the rail yard that would reduce air emissions while improving efficiency of goods movement in the region.
The ICTF is governed by a city and ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles Joint Power Authority (ICTF-JPA). On January 9, 2009, the ICTF-JPA began the environmental review process and welcomes suggestions from the public on what should be reviewed.
A public meeting will be held to discuss the report on February 11, 2009, at 6 p.m. at Stephens Middle School in West Long Beach.
Read more: Click here for more information and to download a copy of the document.
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USS Green Bay Commissioned at the Port
Under elongated strands of stratus clouds, the USS Green Bay glided into the harbor past the Port of Long Beach's Gull Park at the tip of the Navy Mole January 20, with an escort of Long Beach Police, Coast Guard and Long Beach Fire vessels. The new amphibious transport dock ship was officially commissioned at an invitation-only ceremony January 24 at Pier T. To find out more about the ceremony, click here.

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Top 10 Photos of 2008
From the launch of the Clean Trucks Program to hosting another successful Green Port Fest, 2008 was a busy year for the Port. Check out the top 10 photos & stories of 2008 that made the Port of Long Beach an internationally recognized seaport.

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