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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
June 2009
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FMC Drops Lawsuit Against Clean Trucks Program

On June 16, the Federal Maritime Commission announced it was withdrawing its lawsuit against clean trucks initiatives at the Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles.
The decision cleared a potential legal hurdle for the Port of Long Beach's landmark Clean Trucks Program that already has gone a long way to reduce pollution from area trucks.
The FMC said the lawsuit, which was filed in October of 2008 and challenged certain aspects of concession agreements related to clean trucks initiatives at both ports, was no longer necessary.
The Clean Trucks Program progressively bans older trucks, replacing them with newer trucks that will reduce air pollution 80 percent by 2012. The program is ahead of schedule with about a third of all port trucks (about 4,500) meeting required strict EPA 2007 standards. By 2010, the remaining 8,000 or so older trucks will be replaced or retrofitted.
A separate lawsuit by the American Trucking Association challenging the Long Beach and Los Angeles truck concession programs is pending.
Read more: For the FMC's announcement, click here. For the Port's news release, click here. Click here for the latest information on the Clean Trucks Program.
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Sramek Named Harbor Commission President, Hankla Retires

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners selected Commissioner Nick Sramek as the next Board President on June 22, for a one-year term effective immediately. Mario Cordero was named Vice President. Dr. Mike Walter was re-selected as Secretary, and Susan E. Anderson Wise was named Assistant Secretary of the five-member Port governing board.
It was the final meeting for Commissioner James C. Hankla, who decided not to seek a second term on the Board after six years of service.
Sramek, a Senior Project Leader in system engineering for the Aerospace Corporation, was appointed to the Harbor Commission in 2007. Before joining the Port, Sramek served on the city's Planning Commission for seven years.
Outgoing President Hankla received recognition and commendations from the City of Long Beach, elected officials and numerous civic, community and maritime industry leaders.
Under Hankla's leadership, the Port undertook groundbreaking initiatives such as the Green Port Policy, the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan, the Clean Trucks Program and many others to reduce the Port's environmental impacts while maintaining its economic competitiveness.
"Under your leadership the Port of Long Beach has been a trailblazer in goods movement and environmental stewardship," said Long Beach Vice Mayor Val Lerch, who presented a proclamation on behalf of the City.
Read more: For the news release, click here. For a news release on Hankla's recognition, click here.
Find the latest on Harbor Commission meetings here.
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Port and BP Dedicate Shore Power Terminal

The world's first shore power terminal for oil tankers was dedicated on June 3 at Pier T.
The $24-million joint project underscored the Port and BP's ongoing efforts to be world leaders in cutting edge technologies that minimize the impact of port operations on the environment and local communities. With shore power (or "cold-ironing") ships can shut down their diesel engines at berth and plug into the landside electricity grid, improving air quality. Providing shore power to an off-loading oil tanker is the equivalent of removing 187,000 cars from the road for a day. In a year, shore power will eliminate more than 30 tons of pollution.
The dedication event, attended by several civic and business leaders, received extensive media coverage, including KABC7, the Los Angeles Times, BBC, the Long Beach Press Telegram, and others.
The BP oil tanker terminal is the second dock to be equipped with shore power at the Port. A berth at the ITS facility was the Port's first. A third project is underway at Pier C.
On video: Click here for an informative video on the project.
Read more: Click here for the news release.
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Pier B Sand, Gravel, Granite Terminal Proposed

Cemera Long Beach, LLC, has proposed to construct and operate a sand, gravel and granite aggregate facility on a vacant, 12.6-acre site in the northeast part of the Harbor District, on Pier B Street next to the National Gypsum Co. facility.
Because the site is in the Harbor District, the project is undergoing environmental review by the Port of Long Beach. As part of that review, the Port held public "scoping" meetings to gather input in advance of preparing the Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
The hearings were June 18 at the Port Administration Building and June 25 at Long Beach City Council Chambers.
Learn More: Click here for a fact sheet on the project. For Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report, click here.
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Port Approves $881 million Budget

The Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved an $881 million budget for fiscal year 2009/2010 that maintains the Port's aggressive investment in infrastructure. Despite the tough economic times, the new budget includes $369 million for capital projects to modernize terminals, improve traffic flow on roads and railways and cut air pollution.
Years of prudent fiscal planning means the Port of Long Beach can continue to invest in the future for the benefit of its customers.
Read more: For highlights of the Port budget, click here.
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May Container Trade Down nearly 21 percent

Containerized cargo at the Port of Long Beach in May declined 20.7 percent from last year. The Port’s shipping terminals moved 419,555 twenty-foot equivalent container units, or TEUs, in May, compared to 529,011 in May, 2008.
Imported cargo dropped to 208,591, a 22 percent decrease from the prior year. Exports declined 23.8 percent to 121,064 TEUs. The number of empty containers, most of which are sent overseas to be refilled with products, declined by 12.6 percent to 89,900 TEUs. Year to date, overall container trade is down by about 27 percent, compared to the same time period in 2008.
Read the Data: Click here for the latest TEU figures, and here for the latest tonnage summary reports.
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Board OKs Further 'Sock on a Stack' Testing

The Board of Harbor Commissioners on June 15 gave preliminary approval for funding further tests of a pollution control device for ships' smokestacks, which could take up to a year and cost as much as $2.39 million.
The system uses a crane to lower a large bonnet-like device over a ship's smokestack to capture the exhaust, which is then scrubbed of harmful air pollutants before being released back into the atmosphere.
The system, nicknamed "sock on a stack," has shown promising results in short term demonstrations, and now the Port of Long Beach is poised to test the long-term viability of the system.
Developed by Rancho Dominguez-based Advanced Cleanup Technologies Inc., the Advanced Maritime Emissions Control System (AMECS) captured about 95 percent of nitrous oxide, sulfur oxide and particulate matter – the major pollutants in a ship's emissions, during tests conducted in summer 2008 at the Port.
A more comprehensive test would assess costs, durability and other operational issues associated with the system.
The testing would be conducted at a bulk cargo terminal operated by Metropolitan Stevedore Company. The company is a proponent of the technology and would share a small portion of the costs of testing the system.
Read more: Click here for an article in our community newsletter re:port.
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Port Seeks Ideas For Zero Emission Cargo Movers

The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) are seeking technology ideas to move containers between the docks and the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility near West Long Beach, potentially eliminating thousands of short-haul diesel truck trips each day and reducing air pollution. The project is called the zero-emission container mover system, or ZECMS.
To assist potential idea submitters, the Port of Long Beach will host a workshop on July 9, 2009, at its Administration Building, 925 Harbor Plaza. Document submissions will be due by 4:30 p.m. September 25, 2009.
The technologies may include electric guideways, zero-emission trucks, or electrified rail.
For information on how to submit a proposal, contact Eric Shen, Director of Transportation Planning, at shen@polb.com or (562) 590-4155.
Read more: Click here to download the ZECMS Request for Concepts/Solutions (RFCS). Click here for news release and full list of related documents.
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Port Kicks Off $15 million Grant Program

In anticipation of groundbreaking on the Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project, the Port has begun educating the local community about the $15 million in grants the project will make available.
Although, the Middle Harbor project will mean a net decrease in pollution generated by port operations, the Port has made a commitment to further minimize harmful impacts through a grant program.
The grants will be divided equally into three areas; pollution impact on children, the elderly and reduction of greenhouse gases.
In a series of meetings in June at three different locations, Port staff met with community members to educate them about the grants, how the money will be disbursed and the significance of the Middle Harbor project both to the environment and the local economy.
Learn more: Click here for a fact sheet on the grant program. For a video of one of the community meetings, click here.
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Executive Director Richard D. Steinke on Fox Business
Port Executive Director Richard D. Steinke appeared on Fox Business news recently to underscore the crucial role the Port plays in the U.S. economy.
Over a million jobs are supported by the Port of Long Beach across the country. Steinke talks about the need for infrastructure investment in the country's seaports and about Long Beach's focus on sustainable growth and environmental efforts.
Click here for link to the Fox Business video clip.

New Episode of 'Pulse of the Port'
The latest episode of the Port of Long Beach's award-winning television program, "Pulse of the Port," is now available for viewing. Check out how a local school is training the next generation of LNG truck technicians, the new shore powered BP Terminal, green locomotives, how to build eco-friendly buildings and new hostess Brandi Williams.
Watch it: Click here to watch the video. You can also catch it Mondays on Long Beach Television Channel 8. For other video content related to the Port, click here.

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Clean Trucks Fees Revised
The Board of Harbor Commissioners recently revised the Clean Truck Fee to spur private investment in the program, as well as assist truck owners who need subsidies to replace their vehicles. The changes will also serve to streamline the system for the industry. Click here for a fact sheet. Or visit the Clean Trucks Program web page here.

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