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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
April 2009
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Board Approves Middle Harbor Project EIR

On April 13, the Board of Harbor Commissioners unanimously approved an exhaustive environmental study of the Middle Harbor Redevelopment project, effectively green-lighting a $750 million renovation that would transform two aging Port of Long Beach shipping terminals into one of the "greenest," most efficient and environmentally friendly terminals in the world.
With the addition of significant railroad tracks and built-in environmental technology, the new terminal would double the cargo-moving capacity of the two existing facilities while cutting in half air pollution from operations there. Construction on the project could begin by the end of this year and will take 10 years to complete.
Read More: Click herefor a short video news release and here for the text news release.
More video: For a video overview on the project, click here. For more information: Click here for a brief fact sheet, or visit our environmental documents page, for the full, downloadable EIR/EIS report.
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Long Beach Again Named Best Port in North America

The Port of Long Beach was named the best seaport in North America by Cargonews Asia at the 2009 Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards in Hong Kong on April 22.
It is the fifth consecutive year and the 13th time in the past 14 years that the Port of Long Beach has been recognized as the best on the continent, despite strong competition from the other nominees, the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of New York/New Jersey.
Also named in the 2009 awards as best seaports: the Port of Rotterdam in Europe, the Port of Singapore in Asia and the Port of Jebel Ali, Dubai, in the Middle East.
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Commission Postpones Cargo Fee, Boosts Incentives

Acting to keep the Port competitive in the current economic downturn, the Board of Harbor Commissioners voted April 20 to postpone collection of an Infrastructure Cargo Fee until at least July 1, 2010.
The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles had planned to collect a cargo fee to fund critical highway and rail upgrades and repairs. The fee amount, when collected, will be based on the projects ready for construction.
Also in response to the current economic downturn, the Board approved a reduction in the Port's wharfage rate for intermodal container cargo. This is the amount paid to ship cargo across the docks. The 10 percent decrease is intended as an incentive for terminal operators to maintain or increase the "discretionary" cross-country cargo they bring to the Port—in other words, cargo that could be shipped through any of several other ports to reach inland destinations.
The reduced rate, which could cost the Port as much as $11 million, will apply beginning May 1, 2009, and continue for one year. A second one-year incentive approved by the Board provides ocean carriers with a $20 per twenty-foot container unit (TEU) reduction on wharfage, or roughly a 10 percent discount, to bring additional intermodal cargo through Long Beach, above the volumes from May 2008 through April 2009.
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Tentative Ruling Issued on Clean Trucks

Federal Court Judge Christina Snyder issued a tentative ruling before oral arguments on April 27 that would leave the safety and security requirements of the Port of Long Beach's Clean Trucks Program. The tentative ruling, which is still subject to change by Judge Snyder, would block the following Clean Trucks concession requirements: driver hiring preferences, financial reports, health insurance availability, routes and parking restrictions, confirmation of compliance with all Clean Truck Program requirements, and concession fees. The Judge indicated that she expects to issue the final ruling by the end of the week.
The concession requirements are contained in a contractual agreement between the Port and licensed motor carriers or trucking companies. In addition, trucks accessing the Port are governed by the rules of the Port tariff.
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Judge Refuses to Block Clean Trucks Program

U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon issued a decision on April 15 denying the Federal Maritime Commission's request for a preliminary injunction to block elements of the Port of Long Beach's landmark Clean Trucks Program, including the collection of a fee to finance a fleet of less-polluting replacement trucks.
Along with challenging the fee, which is being collected at both the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles, the FMC also took issue with the Port of Los Angeles' requirement that drivers be employees. Long Beach did not enact a similar requirement and instead allows access to both employee and contract or independent owner-operator drivers.
The Clean Trucks Program was launched on October 1, 2008, when all 1988 and older vehicles were barred. More than 800 trucking companies and 15,000 drivers have registered in the program.
Read More: Click here for the news release on the judge's decision.
Clean Trucks web portal: Visit the Clean Trucks web portal here.
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March Cargo Figures Show Improvement

March 2009 container trade at the Port of Long Beach showed some signs of improvement, at least over the past several difficult months.
Overall, trade was down 24.9 percent in March compared to a year earlier. However, the slowdown was less severe than in past months, such as February, when cargo dropped nearly 40 percent from the prior year.
Port shipping terminals moved 374,131 twenty-foot equivalent container units, or TEUs, in March. Imported containers were down 18.3 percent, at 186,450 TEUs, and containers bound for export were down 27.7 percent, at 117,674 TEUs. Empty containers, most of which are sent overseas to be refilled with products, were down 34.6 percent, at 70,007 TEUs.
Overall, container trade has dropped about 30 percent this year from the same time period in 2008.
Read the Data: Click here for the March 2009 TEU figures, and here for the latest tonnage summary reports.
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Shipping Lines Honored with Green Flags

Fourteen top shipping lines earned coveted "best of the best" honors from the Port of Long Beach on April 9 in the annual Green Flag Awards, which recognize ocean carriers for environmental achievements.
The winners represent many of the largest ocean cargo carriers to call at the Port, where the Green Flag vessel speed reduction program urges ship operators to slow down near the harbor to reduce air pollution.
More than 650 tons of air pollution was eliminated by the program in 2008, when 150 shipping lines with 600 ships voluntarily participated and earned Green Flag incentives. Thursday's honorees were the top performers among those cargo lines; they made at least 50 calls and complied with the 12-knot speed limit at least 90 percent of the time.
Read More: Click here for the top 14 shipping lines honored.
On Video: Learn more about the Green Flag program here.
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Clean Fuels Group Honors Cordero

The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute -- a national group that promotes alternative fuel use -- gave its "20/20 Vision Award" to Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Mario Cordero on April 21 for his leadership role in implementing the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) and his ardent advocacy for the use of alternative fuels and renewable energy.
Cordero received the award along with S. David Freeman, President of the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners. In 2006, the two Harbor Commissions jointly adopted the CAAP, a comprehensive strategy for reducing air pollution from the port-relation operations by 45 percent by 2012. Cordero, an attorney, has served on the Long Beach Harbor Commission since 2003.
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Internship Program to Aid Shipping Industry

The Port has teamed up with the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network to offer a summer internship program aimed at preparing students for careers in the trade and transportation industries.
Interns will work part time, about 20 hours a week, from July 6, 2009, through August 28, 2009. There are no mandatory costs to businesses -- the program will subsidize the interns' salaries and provide liability and compensation insurance.
Hire an intern today: For more information, call Pacific Gateway Program Specialist Lucius Martin at 562-570-4735 or email lucius_martin@longbeach.gov.
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Cherin Appointed Managing Director
The Harbor Commission has appointed Alex H. Cherin, executive officer to the Board, as the new Managing Director of Trade Relations and Port Operations.
The Managing Director oversees the Port's Trade Relations and Port Operations Bureau, which includes the Communications, Trade Relations, Security and Maintenance divisions. Cherin will report to Deputy Executive Director J. Christopher Lytle, the former Managing Director of Trade Relations and Port Operations.
"Alex has done a terrific job with the Harbor Commission, and with his municipal government and maritime industry experience, he will be a tremendous addition to the Port's executive management team," said Port Executive Director Richard D. Steinke.
Cherin, executive officer to the Harbor Commission since 2007, has provided leadership with the mitigation for the Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project, coordinated and participated in high-level meetings with Port customers throughout the world and supported the Port's Clean Trucks Program.

Latest 'Pulse' Airs on Cable, Web
The latest episode of the Port's award-winning television program, "Pulse of the Port," is available for viewing on the Port's web site and on Long Beach Television Channel 8.
This month's "Pulse of the Port" visits the Port's newly opened high-tech Security Command and Control Center. Other segments include Port Executive Director Richard D. Steinke's "State of the Port," the dedication of the USS Green Bay, students helping out at Colorado Lagoon and a look at the Port's colorful logo and banners. Click here to watch the episode.

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OOCL Europe
Port officials welcomed the OOCL Tokyo with a "First Call" plaque presentation on March 23 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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