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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
February 2010
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Environmental Review Begins for Bridge

The Port of Long Beach has released the revised draft environmental impact report for its next major improvement proposal -- replacing the aging Gerald Desmond Bridge.
The Gerald Desmond Bridge is an important transportation link both for the local seaports and for the commuters of Southern California. However, the 40-year-old bridge is obsolete and deteriorating. With three traffic lanes plus emergency lanes in both directions, the new bridge would be safer and better able to accommodate cars and trucks. The new bridge also would be higher to allow for the newest generation of green cargo ships to pass underneath.
The $1.1 billion project would generate about $2.8 billion in economic activity and support, on average, 4,000 jobs a year during five years of construction.
The revised draft environmental impact report is available for public review and comment through March 22. The Port hosted two public hearings to allow for comment on the proposal on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Long Beach City Hall and on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at Silverado Park.
Comments are due by 4:30 p.m., March 22, 2010. They can be sent to Richard Cameron, Director of Environmental Planning, Port of Long Beach, 925 Harbor Plaza, Long Beach, CA 90802, or by e-mail to
Read more: Click here for the details on the project.
Watch: For a video presentation on the project, click here.
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Second Consecutive Month of Trade Growth

After closing 2009 with the first increases in monthly container cargo numbers in two years, the Port recorded a second consecutive month of trade growth in for January.
Imported cargo increased by nearly 9 percent in the first month of 2010 compared to the same period last year. Exports were up by 28 percent. In December, the Port saw the end of a downtrend in trade numbers that began in late 2007.
Imported cargo, generally consumer goods, rose to 217,925 twenty-foot equivalent container units, or TEUs, in January, an 8.6 percent gain compared to the same period a year ago. Exports, generally raw materials, rose 27.9 percent to 113,183 TEUs. The number of empty containers, most sent overseas to be refilled with products, declined by 11.3 percent to 97,697 TEUs.
Overall, shipping terminals at the Port moved 428,805 TEUs in January compared to 399,295 TEUs a year ago, a 7.4 percent increase and a second straight month of gains.
Read the Data: Click here for the latest TEU figures, and here for the latest tonnage summary reports.
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Board OKs $9 million in New Incentives

The Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved nearly $9 million in extra incentives to assist customers, boost participation in the Green Flag air quality program and to increase the use of trains to move import and export cargo containers.
The Green Flag Program (, which gives financial incentives to ship operators to slow down their vessels near the Port, will double to $6 million a year. Currently, nearly all ships docking at the Port slow down within a 20-mile zone, but the added incentives are expected to encourage more ships to slow within 40 miles. In 2009, the Green Flag Program helped reduce about 2,000 tons of pollution; the expanded incentives could reduce an additional 300 tons.
The Port also will add nearly $6 million in incentives to a program designed to attract more rail-borne cargo by extending the time period terminal operators are eligible for discounts when moving such cargo.
Read more: Click here for the full news release.
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Forecasting Event Set for 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 in downtown Long Beach. The event will be from 7 to 10:30 a.m.
Amid continued economic uncertainty, this popular event will bring together top industry experts from throughout the supply chain to offer their timely views on the global economic outlook, and their forecast for the maritime, shipping and retail industries.
The speakers this year include: Dr. Joseph Magaddino, Chair of the Department of Economics at California State University Long Beach; Jeff Siewert of Home Depot; Wolfgang Freese, President of Hapag-Lloyd America; Frank Capo, VP of Customer Service and Sales for Total Terminals International; John P. Lanigan, Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at BNSF Railway; and Matt Schrap of the California Trucking Association.
Attendance is free.
Reserve: Send an e-mail with your name, title and company to Adriana Sanchez at or call (562)590-4110.
Read more: Click here to download event flyer.
Watch: Click here for the archived webcast of the 2009 event.
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'State of the Port' Draws Record Attendance
Executive Director Richard D. Steinke delivered his annual "State of the Port" address to a record crowd of nearly 650 attendees at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach on Friday, January 29.
Watch the webcast here. For a copy of the Steinke's speech click here.

Watch New 'Pulse of the Port'
In the February episode of "Pulse of the Port," the Port's award winning video program, field reporter Scott Nelson braves the recent storms to show the hardy souls who keep the Port humming, even with 17-foot ocean swells and torrential rains.
Also, Executive Director Richard D. Steinke delivers one of the most anticipated "State of the Port" addresses event's history. Find out how hundreds of dock workers get their job assignments each day at the ILWU Local 13 Dispatch Hall. And meet Thomas Fields, a Washington D.C. native and the latest member of the Port's Board of Harbor Commissioners.
Watch individual segments or catch the entire show on Long Beach Television Channel 8 Mondays at 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m., Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at noon. Verizon subscribers can catch the program on Channel 21.
Click on links for individual segments.

To watch more videos, visit the Port's YouTube channel at

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