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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
December 2009
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Harbor Board Welcomes Newest Member

Thomas Fields, an advertising executive and former Long Beach planning commissioner, has joined the Port of Long Beach's Board of Harbor Commissioners. He succeeds former commissioner James C. Hankla, who retired this summer.
Fields was sworn in December 21 during the Board's regular weekly meeting. A Long Beach resident for more than 30 years, Fields was appointed by Mayor Bob Foster and later confirmed by the City Council.
Fields also has served on the city's Redevelopment Agency Board and is founder and owner of Thomas Fields Associates, a marketing and advertising agency whose clients include 20th Century Fox, Hyundai and the Long Beach Housing Development Company.
Read more: Click here for a bio of Thomas Fields.
Learn more: Click here for live and archived webcasts of board meetings.
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Clean Trucks Reaches Milestone

After New Year's Day, nearly 90 percent of all trucks calling at the Port of Long Beach will meet tough 2007 federal emission standards, reaching the Clean Trucks Program goal of cutting air pollution by 80 percent nearly two years ahead of schedule.
The program barred 1988 and older truck engines starting on October 1, 2008. Starting January 1, 2010, the Port will ban 1993 and older truck engines, and rigs with 1994 2003 engines will need to be retrofitted with pollution control devices. The deadline has been extended to April 30, 2010, for those awaiting delivery of new trucks or retrofits under approved government grants.
By next year, about 8,000 older, pollution-spewing trucks will have been forever banned from the Port. After January 1, 2012, only 2007 and newer truck engines will be allowed to enter marine terminals.
Watch: For a video presentation by Dr. Robert Kanter, Managing Director of Environmental Affairs and Planning click here. For a PowerPoint presentation click here.
Read more: Click here for the full news release.
Learn more: Visit the Clean Trucks Program website here.
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Imports down, Exports Up in November

Containerized cargo at the Port of Long Beach declined 19.6 percent in November compared to the same period last year, but the overall downward trend showed signs of easing.
The Port's shipping terminals moved a total of 448,151 twenty-foot equivalent container units, or TEUs, in November, compared to 557,459 a year ago.
Imported cargo dropped 14.7 percent, to 228,347 TEUs, from last year. Exports inched up by 4 percent, to 114,283 TEUs. The number of empty containers, most of which are sent overseas to be refilled with products, declined by 41.3 percent to 105,521 TEUs.
So far in 2009, overall container trade is down by 24.1 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 Flag Program Extended

The Harbor Commission on December 14 approved a year's extension for the successful Green Flag Program, in which cargo ships improve air quality by slowing their speed near the Port of Long Beach.
The Port's Green Flag Program offers a reduction incentive on dockage for vessels that slow down to 12 knots near the Port 15 percent for those that slow from 20 nautical miles, and 25 percent for those that slow from 40 nm.
The program, which is voluntary, has a 94 percent participation of vessels from 20 nm and 71 percent from 40 nm. Estimated air pollution reductions for 2009 include avoided emissions of more than 2,000 tons of smog-forming compounds and diesel particulates. The program will cost the Port an estimated $2.5 million in 2010.
On video: Click here for the archived webcast of the board's December 14 meeting and click on Regular Agenda Item #12.
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Port Wins EPA's Environmental Justice Award

The Port's landmark Clean Trucks Program has won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Justice Achievement Award the nation's highest honor for reducing the impact of pollution on low-income and disadvantaged communities.
In bestowing the award to the Clean Trucks Program, the EPA recognized the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and the Clean Air Action Plan Stakeholder Group environmental groups, labor unions, community groups, industry coalitions, regulators and researchers who provided input on the development of the program. The EPA's Environmental Justice program's goal is to "provide an environment where all people enjoy the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process to maintain a healthy environment in which to live, learn and work."
Read more: Click here for the full news release.
Learn more: Click here for more information on the Environmental Justice Achievement Awards.
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'State of the Port' Coming January 29

Port Executive Director Richard D. Steinke is scheduled to deliver his annual "State of the Port" address on January 29 from the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Long Beach. The event is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Learn more: For the webcast of the event, click here just prior to the scheduled time.
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Save the Date: 'Pulse of the Ports' Forecast March 31

The Port of Long Beach will host its annual industry forecast event, "Pulse of the Ports," March 31 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The popular event brings together top industry experts to offer opinions about the coming year in the areas of global economic outlook, maritime and shipping industry, retail, transportation and more.
On video: Click here for the archived webcast of the 2009 event.
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End of Year Videos Countdown
To celebrate the holiday season, Port Executive Director Richard D. Steinke hosts a look at his 12 favorite Port-produced videos of the year, one day at a time, through Christmas. To watch the videos, visit the Port's YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/portoflongbeach.

Port Introduction Video
For a good primer on the Port of Long Beach, check out a new video, "Introduction to the Port of Long Beach," here.

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