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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
January 2010
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Port Posts First Trade Increases Since '07

Reversing a precipitous, extended trade decline, the Port of Long Beach reported the first increases in monthly container cargo numbers in two years. Imported cargo increased by 13.4 percent in December 2009 from the same time period a year ago, and exports jumped by 30.9 percent.
Imported cargo rose to 232,586 TEUs while exports jumped to 123,084 TEUs. The number of empty containers declined by 14.8 percent to 111,567 TEUs.
Overall, shipping terminals at the Port moved 467,237 TEUs in December compared to 429,946 TEUs a year ago, an 8.7 percent increase and the first gain since December 2007.
In total for 2009, Port shipping terminals moved a total of 5.1 million TEUs, the weakest year since 2003 and a nearly 22 percent decline from 2008.
Read more: Click here for the full news release.
Read the Data: Click here for the latest TEU figures, and here for the latest tonnage summary reports.
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'State of the Port' Set for January 29

Executive Director Richard D. Steinke is set to deliver his annual "State of the Port" address on Friday, January 29, bringing insight and perspective to one of most critical junctures in Port's nearly century long history.
The "State of the Port" will be at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: To reserve tickets for the event visit the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce's website.
Watch: For the webcast of the event, click here just prior to the scheduled time.
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Commission President Sets Goals for 2010

Board of Harbor Commissioners President Nick Sramek announced his goals for the year during the January 11th meeting.
Sramek, who was elected president of the board in June 2009, said his priorities are jobs and the economy, the environment, nurturing the Port's relationships with its community and customers and pushing for future clean technology.
Watch: For a video of Sramek's speech click here.
Read more: Click here for the full news release and text of Sramek's speech.
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Clean Trucks Make Smooth Transition

The Port ushered in the New Year with a major Clean Trucks Program milestone, banning thousands of older more polluting trucks and replacing them mostly with the signature white rigs that now service the Port. About 8,000 old, dirty diesel trucks have been forever barred from the Port of Long Beach under the stringent emissions limits of the Clean Trucks Program.
About 90 percent of all truck engines now meet the strict U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2007 emissions standards, for a pollution reduction of nearly 80 percent since the program began in 2008.
As of New Year's Day, all 1993 and older drayage trucks, as well as un-retrofitted 1994-2003 trucks are banned. However, following the California Air Resources Board's lead, the deadline was extended to April 30, 2010, for about 1,500 trucks awaiting retrofits or replacements under approved government grants.
Starting January 1, 2012, all trucks entering Port shipping facilities must meet the EPA 2007 standard.
Read more: Click here for the full news release.
Learn more: Visit the Clean Trucks Program website here.
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Speakers Set for March 31 Forecasting Event

The Port 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. The speakers will be; Dr. Joseph Magaddino, Chair of Department of Economics at CSULB, Jeff Siewert, of Home Depot, Sheila Bracken, of Allenberg Cotton, Wolfgang Freese, President of Hapag-Lloyd America, Frank Capo, VP of Customer Service and Sales for Total Terminals Inc., John P. Lanigan, Jr., EVP and Chief Marketing Officer at BNSF Railway and Matt Schrap, of the California Trucking Association.
Reserve: Send an e-mail with your name, title and company to Adriana Sanchez at or call (562)590-4110.
Watch: Click here for the archived webcast of the 2009 event.
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Former Commissioner John Kashiwabara Dies at 88

Dr. John Kashiwabara, who served on the Board of Harbor Commissioners from 1996 through 2002, has died. He was 88.
Appointed to the Harbor Commission by then Long Beach Mayor Beverly O'Neill, Dr. Kashiwabara was credited with helping the Port to attract commercial tenants after the U.S. Navy vacated its local facilities.
Dr. Kashiwabara, whose family was interned during World War II, was the first Japanese American to serve on the Harbor Commission. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early November and died at his home in Long Beach on Saturday, January 16. Read more: Click here for the full news release.
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COSCO's Thomas C. Somma Retires

Thomas C. Somma, regional executive vice president at COSCO and a 40 year veteran of the industry, has retired.
A New York native, Somma joined COSCO 28 years ago and moved to Long Beach in 1988 as the ocean carrier expanded its operations in the Western U.S.
He was promoted to regional executive vice president in 1998. His last day was December 31st.
"I never lost a day of employment in 40 years," the 65-year-old and recent grandfather said. "It seemed like the right time" to retire.
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