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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
February 2009
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Trade Forecast Event Set for March 25

The Port of Long Beach will bring together a panel of industry leaders and experts at 7 a.m. March 25 to provide insight on what may lie ahead for trade, shipping and local ports.
The event, at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, will offer a forecast of cargo trends for the year ahead that considers the shaky world economy.
The panel of experts are: Dr. Joseph Magaddino, Chairman of the Economics Department at California State University, Long Beach; Dean Tracy, Director of International Transportation for Lowe’s; George Adams, President of SA Recycling and Chairman of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc.; Peter I. Keller, President of NYK Line (North America) Inc.; Elvis Ganda, President of California United Terminals; John Doherty, P.E., CEO of the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority; and Bob Curry Jr., President of California Multimodal.
Admission to Pulse of the Ports is free, and breakfast will be provided. Seating is limited, however, so reservations are required. To make a reservation, send an e-mail with your name, title and company to Adriana Sanchez, asanchez@polb.com, or call (562) 590-4110. The event will also be webcast live at www.polb.com.
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Board Approves Business Incentive Package

On February 23, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved a package of incentives aimed at retaining international trade business and attracting additional cargo to the Port of Long Beach.
With cargo volumes down nearly 25 percent from the prior year in December and January, Port staff recommended the incentives.
"When cargo decreases at the Port of Long Beach, local jobs go with it," said Port Executive Director Richard D. Steinke. "This package is aimed at keeping the jobs here in Long Beach and throughout the region. We know these are tough times for residents and our customers. This package is our way of saying, 'We care about you and your business.'"
Read more: Read the full news release here.
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Clean Trucks Fee Collection Begins

The Port began collecting a Clean Trucks Fee on February 18 to finance the replacement of thousands of polluting cargo trucks. It also kicked off an electronic gate access system for the fee collection and to 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 Port Executive Director 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."
Read more: Click here for the full news release release.
Watch it: To view the video of a Clean Truck Workshop regarding the fee, click here.
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Port Dedicates New Security Center

On February 9, Port officials and other dignitaries officially opened the Port of Long Beach Command and Control Center, which will serve as the Port's Security Division headquarters and as a coordination and communications hub for security agencies that protect the harbor complex.
The $21-million facility, designed and built to silverlevel Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, represents the Port's commitment to state-of-the-art security technology and operational techniques.
To better coordinate security operations, the center includes offices for the various local and federal agencies and maritime organizations that make up the multi-jurisdictional system that protects the harbor complex. Read more: Read the full story here.
Watch it: To view a video on the new security center, click here.
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Workers Urged to Enroll for TWIC before Deadline

Port officials and the United States Coast Guard are urging maritime transportation workers to apply for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card before the April 14, 2009, deadline.
In less than two months, all maritime workers that require unescorted access to secure areas, such as vessels and facilities in the ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles and Hueneme, must have a TWIC card.
Enroll now: Click here to access the TWIC website.
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Cargo Continues Downward Trend in New Year

Containerized trade at the Port was down 23.4 percent in January compared to the same month in 2008. Imported containers decreased by 23.3 percent for the month, while exported goods were down 27.3 percent from the same month a year ago.
Port terminals moved a total of 399,295 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in January 2009, compared to 521,342 TEUs in January 2008. Imported containers decreased to 200,588 TEUs, and export containers also decreased, to 88,510 TEUs. The movement of empty containers, most of which are sent overseas to be refilled with products, decreased by 20.2 percent to 110,197 TEUs.
Read more: Click here for the January 2009 TEU figures, and here for the latest tonnage summary reports.
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World’s First Hybrid Tugboat Arrives

The Port welcomed a new environmentally friendly dolphin-class diesel-electric hybrid tugboat on February 23. Foss Maritime of Seattle custom-built the vessel to help ports in their efforts to improve air quality.
The new green-and-white tug, the Carolyn Dorothy, can do all the same work as a traditional tug -- assisting ships safely in and out of the harbor -- but with 44 percent less pollution.
Read more: Read the full story here
Watch it: Take a closer look at the hybrid here
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Fiber-Optic Network to Upgrade Security

Contractors completed the first phase of a new fiber-optic communications network, a state-of-the-art high-speed system that will link together the various security agencies that protect the Port.
With a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Port is installing a $12.2 million fiber-optic network throughout the harbor district to maximize the ability of the Port's Security Division and other local, state and federal security agencies to share data. Eventually the system will connect to Long Beach City Hall and the Port of Los Angeles.
"Improving our ability to communicate with our security partners is an important step in enhancing security and planning for business continuity at the Port of Long Beach," said Port Security Director Cosmo Perrone. "We're among the first West Coast ports to have a fiber-optic network."
Read more: Click here for the full story.
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New "Pulse of the Port" Airs on Web, Cable
The latest episode of the Port of Long Beach's award-winning television program, "Pulse of the Port," is available for viewing on the Port's web site, /videos, Youtube.com and on Long Beach Television Channel 8.
This month's "Pulse of the Port" looks at how the Port kicked off 2009 with a new Green Flag Program to further improve air quality and significantly cut pollution from ships. Other segments report on the millions of jobs throughout the nation that the Port supports , a "drifting" race at the Port, and environmental achievements such as shoreside power and the arrival of the world's first hybrid tugboat.

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OOCL Europe
Port officials welcomed the OOCL Europe with a "First Call" plaque presentation on January 12 at Long Beach Container Terminal's Pier F facility. The 8,000-TEU vessel is part of the Super Shuttle Express, which serves Long Beach and several seaports in China, including Kaohsiung, Hong Kong and Xiamen.

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State of the Port on Video
Amid a worldwide recession and slowing global trade, the Port of Long Beach is doing all it can to provide a local economic boost by working on projects that will secure the Port's future as a leader in the industry, said Executive Director Richard D. Steinke in his annual "State of the Port" address on January 30. Click here to watch the video of Steinke's presentation.

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