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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
August 2009
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Clean Air Projects Honored by Ports

Eight local maritime firms were recognized for their extraordinary steps to cut air pollution at the second annual San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan Air Quality Awards Aug. 4.
The Air Quality Excellence Awards were created to honor businesses that are advancing the goals of the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan, adopted in 2006. The Plan includes a number of initiatives aimed at reducing air pollution from ships, trucks, trains and other heavy equipment used in the movement of cargo through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The honored companies were recognized for going above and beyond the basic requirements of the plan.
"The Clean Air Action Plan is well on track to reach its goal of cutting air pollution by 45 percent, thanks in large part to the enthusiastic participation of companies like the eight we honored today," Port of Long Beach Executive Director Richard D. Steinke said during the event. "Their efforts to improve air quality and contribute to cleaner skies deserve praise and recognition."
The 2009 winners included Port of Long Beach customers International Transportation Service (ITS), Metropolitan Stevedore Company (Metro Ports) and Mitsubishi Cement Corp., as well as Total Transportation Services Inc. (TTSI) and Pacific Harbor Line (PHL), which serve both ports.
Read more: Click here for the full news release, complete list of winners and details about each honoree.
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Port to Seek Input on On-Dock Rail Support Facility

The Port has begun the initial phase of environmental reviews for a project that proposes to reconfigure, expand and enhance an existing rail facility to support the increased use of "on-dock" rail.
The project proposes to redevelop an existing rail facility at Pier B, which now serves as a storage and staging area for trains. The site, located southwest of Anaheim Street and the 710 Freeway, is a critical juncture in the Port's rail network and is primarily used by Pacific Harbor Line (PHL).
With the release of the Notice of Preparation (NOP), the Port begins the "scoping" process to seek public input before developing a draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The public is encouraged to identify issues that should be addressed in the environmental reviews of various project alternatives. Once the draft EIR is completed, it will be released for public comment as well.
Learn more: Click here for the NOP document.
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Container Trade Drops 23 percent in July

Containerized cargo at the Port of Long Beach in July declined 23.2 percent from the same period last year. The Port's shipping terminals moved 433,013 twenty-foot equivalent container units, or TEUs, in July, compared to 563,703 a year ago.
Imported cargo dropped 18.6 percent to 221,719 TEUs from the same period last year, but was up from June's 206,358 TEUs, as retailers began stocking for the holidays. Exports declined 29.3 percent to 108,420 TEUs. The number of empty containers, most of which are sent overseas to be refilled with products, declined by 25.4 percent to 102,874 TEUs. So far in 2009, overall container trade is down by 26.8 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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'Shore Power' Coming to Pier C

The Port recently began construction on its fourth "shore power" dock, at SSA Terminals/Matson Navigation Co.'s Pier C facility. The $6.5 million project is expected to be completed by next summer and will allow more ships to plug in to clean electricity and decrease air pollution.
Last year, International Transportation Service, Inc. (ITS), on Pier G, became the first container terminal at the Port outfitted with shore power. This summer the BP Terminal on Pier T went electric, to become the first oil tanker terminal in the world equipped with shore power. Cement carriers at Mitsubishi Cement Corporation's terminal at Pier F have been plugging into landside electricity since 2005. Ships account for about half of port-related air pollution, much of it from the vessels' auxiliary engines.
Read more: Click here for a full news release.
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Harbor Commissions OK Water Quality Plan

In joint meeting August 12, Long Beach and Los Angeles harbor commissioners adopted an ambitious strategy to improve and maintain water and sediment quality in their ports with a collaborative, science-based approach.
Although water quality at the Port of Long Beach has improved in recent years (for example, biological surveys have shown increases in the diversity of fish species in harbor waters), the newly adopted Water Resources Action Plan, or WRAP, identifies and targets the remaining sources of water and sediment pollution in the Bay. Examples include litter, legacy sediment contamination, loose materials and other potential contaminants in the harbor area.
The collaborative approach was modeled after 2006's Clean Air Action Plan.
Learn more: Click here for a PowerPoint presentation on the plan. Click here to download a fact sheet. Return to top

Half of Cargo Moved by Clean Trucks

The Port's Clean Trucks Program recently hit an important milestone: More than 50 percent of container cargo moved from the Port was trucked by 2007 or newer vehicles, which meets the 2012 deadline required under the program, three years early. As of July 21, 52 percent of trucks met the 2007 EPA standards. The newer trucks are 80 percent less polluting than older models.
Read more: Click here for the latest "Truck Activity Report." Visit the Clean Trucks Program website here.
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Port Building Earns 'Green' Certification

The Port of Long Beach Command and Control Center has become the first building in the harbor district to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, an internationally recognized set of "green" standards in building construction. The center was recently awarded LEED's Silver-level distinction.
To earn a LEED certification, buildings must be designed and built to minimize their impact on the environment. For example, it might use recycled construction materials and be designed so as to maximize the use of natural light and cut down on electricity consumption.
The Port of Long Beach Command and Control Center, which opened on February 9, 2009, is the third building in the City of Long Beach to earn LEED certification. The other two are the Mark Twain/MacArthur Park Branch Library on Anaheim Street and the Watershed Exhibit and Classroom at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
The center serves as the Port's Security Division headquarters and as a coordination and communications hub for other agencies, including Customs and Border Protection, Long Beach Police Department, Port of Los Angeles and Marine Exchange of Southern California. Learn more: Click here for information on LEED certifications. Click here for the full press release.
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Port Executives in the News
Port of Long Beach Executive Director Richard D. Steinke and Managing Director of Trade Relations and Port Operations Alex Cherin were interviewed on August 17 by television news reporters, who asked about the state of the industry and how the Port is dealing with the downturn in trade.
In spite of the recession, the Port continues to invest in modernization and environmental projects, to the tune of $2.6 billion over the next decade, that will better serve customers and ensure long-term sustainability.
To watch the KABC-7 interview with Steinke click here. For Cherin's interview with Fox Business news, click here.

New Episode of 'Pulse of the Port'
Go behind the scenes at one of the nation's largest recycled metal shipping facilities, visit California's only floating school and more in the latest episode of the Port of Long Beach's award-winning television program, "Pulse of the Port."
In this episode, watch the debut of new segment host Scott Nelson as he explores SA Recycling at the Port's Pier T. The massive recycling facility turns discarded refrigerators, railroad cars, buses, fence posts and other metallic trash into a major export item. Also featured in this episode are Cal Maritime Academy's TS Golden Bear, a 500-foot survey vessel and training grounds for some 200 cadets who aspire to careers in the maritime industry, the unique International Seafarers Center of Long Beach on Pico Avenue, and on-dock rail planner Rhonda Rubio-Ponce, one of the few female dock workers in a male-dominated field.
Watch it: Click here to watch the episode.

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