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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
March 2009
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Board to Consider Middle Harbor Project EIR

On April 13, 2009, the Board of Harbor Commissioners will consider the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on the $750-million Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project.
The development plan would modernize and upgrade two older container shipping terminals, California United Terminals and Long Beach Container Terminal, to create one rectangular-shaped facility that would operate in a more efficient and environmentally friendly manner. The project would create 14,000 new permanent jobs in Southern California and up to 1,000 construction jobs a year during the 10 years of construction.
The Commission meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Port Administration Building, 925 Harbor Plaza.
Watch the meeting live:Tune in to the live webcast of the board meeting by clicking here.
On video: For a short video overview on the project, click here.
Read more: Click here for a brief fact sheet, or visit our environmental documents page,
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Port Cuts Clean Trucks Fees

The Board of Harbor Commissioners gave preliminary approval this month to a proposal that would spur private investment in the Port of Long Beach Clean Trucks Program. Commissioners backed a plan that would provide incentives to port truckers to quickly acquire cleaner-running big-rigs -- especially trucks that run on alternative fuels like liquefied natural gas (LNG). The proposal, which will come back before the Commission for final consideration on April 6, would eliminate cargo fees on some trucks starting May 4, in response to the goods movement industry's demand for privately financed big-rigs. It also drops the fee for those who buy Port-subsidized trucks that run on LNG.
The revisions will help truck owners comply with the gradual phasing out of older, dirtier vehicles, as required by the Port of Long Beach Clean Trucks Program.
Read more: For the full story click here.
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Port Boosts Clean-Fuel Incentive for Ships

To boost participation in a voluntary clean-air program for oceangoing vessels, the Port will start covering more of the costs of switching to clean fuels near the harbor area.
In July 2008, the Port began compensating ocean carriers for the difference between the lower-cost, dirtier "bunker" fuel and the more expensive, cleaner-burning, low-sulfur fuels, if the vessel operators voluntarily switched over within 20 to 40 nautical miles (nm) of the Long Beach Harbor.
This month the Harbor Commission voted to increase the reimbursement for each vessel trip by 50 percent to cover the vessel operators' cost of transitioning to the clean fuels before they enter the 20- to 40-nm range.
Read more: Click here for the full story.
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February Cargo Reflects Economic Slump

The nation's continued economic troubles were reflected at the Port of Long Beach's docks in February:The movement of cargo containers slowed by 40 percent, to the lowest level since 2004.
The steep drop is mostly attributed to continued economic weakness in the U.S. and Asia, but also to a shift of some cargo to smaller ships that returned to their homeport in the San Pedro Bay, the timing of Chinese New Year and a February that was one day shorter than normal.
Port shipping terminals moved 318,042 twenty-foot equivalent container units, or TEUs, in February. Compared to February 2008, imported containers dropped 43.3 percent, to 149,299 TEUs, and containers bound for export were down 37 percent, to 92,781 TEUs. Empty containers, most of which are sent overseas to be refilled with products, were down 36.3 percent, to 75,962 TEUs.
Read more: Click here for the February 2009 TEU figures, and here for the latest tonnage summary report.
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Expanded Clean-Air Program Off to Strong Start

Ocean carriers are in a hurry to slow down in the newly expanded "Green Flag" Vessel Speed Reduction Program at the Port of Long Beach. The program -- new for 2009 -- pushes the low-speed zone out to 40 nautical miles (nm) to increase the program's air quality benefits.
The new 40-nm Green Flag program had 63 percent participation in January, the program's first month. Meanwhile, the existing 20-nm program is holding steady at 93 percent participation. The Port urges vessel operators to comply with the Green Flag program as soon as possible in order to reap the financial incentives and clean air benefits.
Read more: Read the full story here.
On video: Learn more about our new Green Flag program here.
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TWIC Deadline April 14

The United States Coast Guard is urging maritime transportation workers to apply for the federal Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card before the April 14 deadline.
On that day, all maritime workers requiring 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. Individual terminals will be enforcing access, and anyone without a TWIC card will be turned away.
To enroll: TWIC is a federal program administered by the Department of Homeland Security. Click here to access the TWIC website.
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Latest "On the Go" Features PHL Trains
The latest episode of the Port of Long Beach's online videos, "On the Go," is available for viewing on the Port's web site, /videos, and Youtube.com
The latest episode looks at the new low-diesel locomotives that are helping improve air quality and significantly cut pollution from trains. Other recent segments address the expanded Green Flag Program and take a closer look at the Port's new look.

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Trade Forecast Event
The Port brought together a panel of industry leaders and experts on March 25 to provide insight on what may lie ahead for trade, shipping and local ports. The event, at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, offered a forecast of cargo trends for the year ahead that considered the shaky world economy.
If you missed it, the event is archived on the Port's web site. Click here to watch the expert forecasts.

L.A. Times: Cleanup at the Ports Begin to Pay Off
"An ambitious plan to clean up once-filthy air around the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has shifted into high gear," writes Ron White of the L.A. Times.
"Hundreds of 1988-and-older trucks have been banned since October. Others that don't meet 2007 air pollution standards began paying a $70 fee last week each time they haul cargo to and from the ports. This week, the first of a fleet of electric trucks will debut. And within three years, most ships will be able to plug into the ports' electrical grid and turn off their exhaust-belching diesel engines."
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