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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
October 2009
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Port Settles Clean Trucks Lawsuit

The Port of Long Beach has settled a lawsuit brought by the American Trucking Associations (ATA), resolving the final legal challenge to its year-old Clean Trucks Program. One of the Port's most ambitious environmental initiatives, the program is already cutting truck-related pollution significantly and is ahead of schedule on its goal to reduce emissions 80 percent by 2012.
"This is a critical milestone for the program, reaching consensus with an important industry partner," said Nick Sramek, president of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. "With this settlement, the Port of Long Beach and the ATA have agreed to move forward, together, on a Clean Trucks Program that works to safeguard the environment while contributing to economic growth and jobs."
Read more: Click here for the full news release. For ATA's news release, click here.
On video: Click here for an "On the Go" video segment on the Clean Trucks Program's first year anniversary.
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Port to Drop Pre-paid Clean Trucks Fees

Effective November 15, only cargo owners using older, more polluting trucks will have to pre-pay Clean Trucks Program fees. Currently, all cargo owners claim and pre-pay the fees, although those using clean trucks or rail are reimbursed. The pre-payment process does not involve additional direct fees, but cargo owners say the requirement has resulted in extra costs and onerous administrative burdens. Fees collected from dirty trucks are used to help finance new, less-polluting trucks.
The new rule was developed in cooperation with the PortCheck fee-collecting organization and the Port of Long Beach Marine Terminal Operators. It will have no impact on the pollution reduction goals of the Clean Trucks Program, which are far ahead of schedule. One year since the launch of the program, 85 percent of all containers moved through the Port of Long Beach are being carried by clean trucks or on-dock trains.
Read more: Click here for the full news release. For more information on the Clean Trucks Program, click here.
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Container Trade Drops 20.6 percent in September

Containerized cargo at the Port of Long Beach in September declined 20.6 percent from the same period last year. The Port's shipping terminals moved 440,364 twenty-foot equivalent container units, or TEUs, in September, compared to 554,837 a year ago.
Imported cargo dropped 19.4 percent to 224,924 TEUs from last year. Exports declined 15.7 percent to 109,337 TEUs from a year ago. The number of empty containers, most of which are sent overseas to be refilled with products, declined by 27.4 percent to 106,103 TEUs. So far in 2009, overall container trade is down by 24.6 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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Green Port Fest '09

More than 10,000 people attended the fifth annual Green Port Fest on Saturday, October 3. It was the biggest crowd yet for the popular waterfront street fair that gives the public a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the Port of Long Beach. The event is a key component of the Port's ongoing efforts to educate the community about its pioneering environmental programs and sustainable practices.
On video: Click here for an "On the Go" video segment on this year's Green Port Fest.
Photos: For a photo slide show, click here.
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Port to Begin $40 Million Dredging Project

On October 8, the Port and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced a $40 million harbor dredging project that will improve navigation by removing and relocating nearly 1.5 million cubic yards of sediment from the sea floor.
The dredging work is scheduled to begin in March of 2010 and will involve four separate locations. The primary focus is a turning basin south of the BP oil terminal on Terminal Island (Pier T), which will be deepened to 76 feet, the same depth as the main channel. With the deeper inner basin, large tankers will no longer need to unload part of their oil outside the breakwater to safely reach berth.
The dredge materials will be used to fill about 12 acres at the northern half of ITS Terminal in Pier G.
Read more: The Port has gathered a list of resources for job seekers. Click here for the full news release.
On video: The Port has gathered a list of resources for job seekers. Click here for an "On the Go" video segment on the announcement.
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Port, BP Earn Prestigious Clean Air Award

On October 2, Southern California regional air pollution authorities presented the Port with an award for being the first seaport in the world to construct an oil shipping terminal with shore power.
Plugging an off-loading oil tanker into land-side electric power instead of running auxiliary diesel engines is the pollution-reduction equivalent of taking 187,000 cars off the roadways for a day.
Port and BP America officials accepted the honor from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) at the agency's 21st annual Clean Air Awards ceremony in downtown Los Angeles. The awards recognize individuals, organizations, communities and businesses that have made a significant contribution to cleaner air.
The shore power berth on Pier T was dedicated on June 3, 2009. It was built at a cost of $23.7 million, with $17.5 million from the Port and $6.2 million from BP America.
Read more: The Port has gathered a list of resources for job seekers. Click here for the full news release.
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Board to Hold One Evening Meeting a Month

The Board of Harbor Commissioners will be holding one regular Monday meeting a month at 5 p.m., rather than at its regularly scheduled early afternoon hour, to make it easier for the public and industry professionals to attend.
The Harbor Commission generally meets three times a month on Mondays and is dark on the fourth Monday of the month. The first two meetings of the month will still be at the regular 1 p.m. Monday time slot.
The first evening meeting was October 19.
Learn more: Click here for live and archived webcasts of board meetings.
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Marine Security Expo
Port of Long Beach officials took part in the Eighth Annual Maritime Security Expo ( on October 20-21 at the Long Beach Convention Center. The expo featured the latest technology and leading experts on protecting the world's ports and shipping lanes.
Port of Long Beach Executive Director Richard D. Steinke was one of the expo's featured speakers.
Also speaking at the expo were Cosmo Perrone, the Port of Long Beach's Director of Security, and Deputy Director Steve Ruggiero. Perrone took part in a panel discussion on ship traffic during emergency port closures, and Ruggiero moderated a discussion on how to recognize real threats in the clutter of the information age. The Port was a co-sponsor of the event.

Samoa Disaster Relief
Fifteen shipping containers packed with dry foods, medicine, blankets and other essentials were loaded onto the Cap Tapaga ship at the Port of Long Beach on October 14. They later set off for the tsunami-stricken Samoa Islands.
The effort was led by International Longshore & Warehouse Union Local 13 members and supported with in-kind donations from the Port of Long Beach, terminal operator International Transportation Service (ITS) and shipping lines Hamburg Sud and Polynesia Line. Union members donated their time to load the containers, and the Port and its customers waived related fees.
A magnitude 8.0 earthquake, which struck near the Samoa Islands on September 29, and the resulting tsunami killed hundreds of people and displaced thousands. Local Samoan Americans, many of them ILWU members, began grassroots efforts to gather donations, ILWU officials said.
Click here for the full release.

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