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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
July 2009
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Port Rolls Out Another 100 Clean Trucks

The Port of Long Beach recently awarded subsidies for 100 new trucks, of which 96 were alternatively fueled liquefied natural gas (LNG) models. The subsidies were awarded through a lottery on July 7 of more than 1,200 applicants, including trucking companies and independent operators.
The new trucks will add to a growing local fleet of less-polluting vehicles that, under the Port's Clean Trucks Program, will reduce truck-related air pollution by 80 percent by 2012. That year, trucks that do not meet the strict 2007 federal emission standards will be banned from the ports.
Since the program began in late 2008, nearly 5,000 “clean” trucks have registered to work at the Port. These trucks now carry more than half of cargo containers in and out of the Port. Though a majority of the older trucks are being replaced by private industry, Port and state bond money are helping to speed the turnover, particularly to alternative fuels.
The Port of Long Beach is also preparing to enter into an agreement with the neighboring Port of Los Angeles, the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the California Air Resources Board to distribute $45.5 million in Proposition 1B money, the 2006 statewide transportation measure, to subsidize more clean truck purchases. The Long Beach and Los Angeles ports, as well as AQMD, will supplement the funds with at least another $5 million each to put as many as 1,000 clean trucks on the roads, including up to 500 LNG-fueled trucks. The AQMD will manage the new grants program.
Read more: Click here for the full news release. Click here for the Clean Trucks Program webpage.
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Mario Cordero Reappointed to Harbor Commission

Attorney Mario Cordero was reappointed to the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners July 7 and was confirmed unanimously by the City Council. He had been elected Vice President of the Board in June by his colleagues on the five-member governing panel.
Cordero was first appointed to the Commission in 2003 by then-Mayor Beverly O'Neill. During his first six-year term, Mr. Cordero served as Vice Secretary and President of the Board. He was reappointed by Mayor Bob Foster and confirmed to a second six-year term.
Cordero has championed the Port's landmark Green Port Policy, which has guided several environmental initiatives like the Clean Trucks Program, the Vessel Low-Sulfur Fuel Program, the Technology Advancement Program and others.
Learn more: Click here for the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners webpage, which features webcasts of its weekly meetings.
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June Container Trade Drops

Containerized cargo at the Port of Long Beach in June declined nearly 29 percent from the same period last year. The Port's shipping terminals moved 413,347 twenty-foot equivalent container units, or TEUs, in June, compared to 579,675 in June 2008, for a 28.7 percent drop. Imported cargo dropped to 206,358, a 28.4 percent decrease from the prior year. Exports declined 28.8 percent to 114,107 TEUs. The number of empty containers, most of which are sent overseas to be refilled with products, declined by 29.2 percent to 92,882 TEUs. Year to date, overall container trade is down by 27.4 percent compared to the same time period in 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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Port Gets $4 Million EPA Air Quality Grant

The Port of Long Beach received a $4 million air quality grant July 8 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to replace or retrofit with less-polluting technology more than 100 forklifts, tractors, tugboats and other older diesel-powered equipment at the Port. Included in the list are an excavator and a sweeper vehicle.
The Port does not own the cargo-moving equipment in its terminals, but it helped identify the most cost-effective projects for the grant funds, ranging from diesel-powered cargo-handling equipment and gantry cranes to tugboats and bulk cargo loaders.
The grant money will go to six Port tenant customers who own and operate the equipment, to help them cut pollution. Many of the machines will be replaced, and others will be “repowered” or retrofitted with cleaner-running engines. The grant came from the $25 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds announced in July to help California agencies reduce diesel exhaust.
Read more: Click here for a press release.
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New LNG Truck Fueling Station Open

New LNG Truck Fueling Station Open at the corner of Anaheim and First streets at the Port of Long Beach. The station has two 25,000-gallon liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage tanks, six LNG dispensers and two compressed natural gas (CNG) dispensers. It is open to trucks 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This is the second station to serve the harbor complex for cleaner-fuel-burning trucks, and the world's largest station of its kind. Click here (http://www.cleanenergyfuels.com/stations/califs_laoc.html) for locations of Clean Energy stations.
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Solar Ship Docks at Port

The Port of Long Beach on July 1 welcomed the Auriga Leader, a car carrier ship partly powered by solar energy. It is a first-of-a-kind green technology application on a car carrier.
The Auriga Leader is outfitted with 328 solar panels that can generate up to 40 kilowatts, decreasing demand on the ship's diesel-powered auxiliary engines for electricity thus cutting down pollution.
The Port is working on several fronts to decrease pollution from ships, including the EPA-award winning Green Flag Program, encouraging the use of cleaner-burning low sulfur fuels, and outfitting container terminals with shore side plug-in power.
Read more: Click here for the full news release.
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Long Beach to Host TPM's 10th Anniversary Conference
The Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference is returning to Long Beach for its 10th anniversary during one of the most challenging times in the shipping and logistics industry's history.
About 1,500 national and international senior maritime executives are expected to attend the 2010 event, with the Port of Long Beach serving as the backdrop, to discuss the unprecedented challenges facing the industry. Conference organizers say this could be the most important gathering in the event's decade-long history and promise that TPM 2010 will offer a sober, realistic assessment, as well as a high-level economic outlook, followed by a series of sessions that will probe the many challenges, options and opportunities confronting shippers, carriers, 3PLs, terminals and other players.
The conference also will offer a forum for networking and business opportunities. "It's appropriate that the TPM conference is returning to Long Beach at this critical time for the shipping business," said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Richard D. Steinke. "Long Beach is a leader in international trade, and the TPM conference is the premier event for industry leaders to come together, discuss issues and find solutions to mutual challenges. It's a great fit, and we look forward to welcoming the conference back to our city."
For more information: Click here for the TPM Conference website. Locations and program TBA. Click here to learn more about the Port's upcoming projects.

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