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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
April 2010
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'State of the Port' Set for January 29

The Port of Long Beach on April 8 honored 14 shipping lines for achieving top environmental results in the Port's Green Flag vessel speed reduction program.
The voluntary program, which gives incentives to ship operators to slow down near the harbor, helped reduce about 2,000 tons of air pollution in 2009.
Nearly 150 carriers participated in the program last year, but the 14 companies honored represented a select group of ocean carriers who achieved at least 90 percent participation by their fleets. They were honored during a luncheon at the downtown Long Beach offices of Keesal, Young & Logan
Earlier this year, the Board of Harbor Commissioners approved another $3 million in incentives for 2010.
Read more: For the list of the winners and the full news release, click here.
Watch: For a video of the award ceremony, click here.
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Trade Experts 'Cautiously Optimistic'

Trade experts gathered for the Port of Long Beach's annual "Pulse of the Ports" forecast event on March 31 agreed that the industry and the broader economy are rebounding, but cautioned that challenges still loom ahead.
Nearly 500 people attended the event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Long Beach.
"The ports really are the pulse of this country," said panelist Fred Malesa, vice president of international intermodal for BNSF Railway, which transports cargo containers to and from West Coast ports and rest of the country. "I think we are headed in the right direction."
Read more: For full news release, click here.
Watch: For archived webcast of the full event and individual presenters, click here.
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March TEUs Up 13 Percent

The monthly container cargo count at the Port of Long Beach continued its rebound for the fourth straight month in March. The Port moved 422,774 twenty-foot equivalent container units, a 13 percent increase compared to the same period last year.
A total of 206,652 TEUs were imported through the Port in March, a 10.8 percent increase over last year, and exports were up 10.9 percent to 130,495 TEUs. Empty containers, mostly bound overseas for refilling, was up 22.3 percent to 85,627 TEUs.
Read the Data: Click here for the latest TEU figures, and here for the latest tonnage summary reports.
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Infrastructure Fees Postponed

The Board of Harbor Commissioners has postponed the Infrastructure Cargo Fee (ICF) until January 1, 2012. The fee, to be assessed on cargo containers coming in and out of the Port, was scheduled to commence on July 1, 2010.
The fee was created to raise supplemental funds for infrastructure projects within the Port that would improve pollution control and goods movement. However, Port staff has recommended postponing the fee to help reduce the financial burden on Port customers during the weak economy.
Port staff will return with new recommendations before September 30, 2011.
Read & Watch: Click here for board agenda item and archived webcast of the April 12 Board of Harbor Commissioners meeting.
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Nominations Open for Clean Air Awards

The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have opened nominations for the Third Annual CAAP Air Quality Awards. The awards program provides the ports with an opportunity to recognize the exemplary efforts of port operators who go beyond the requirements of the Clean Air Action Plan.
Nominations are due by May 14, 2010, and award recipients will be recognized this summer who have demonstrated, during the previous calendar year (2009), a strong commitment to reducing air pollution from port-related sources.
Read More: For details on how to enter or nominate, click here.
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Port Launches Grant Program

The Port has launched the first round of grant programs designed to address community health impacts from port-related air and noise pollution. The first round of grants, tapping a $5 million fund, will be aimed at schools and related sites, such as day-care centers.
Two workshops will be held in May to help people and organizations apply for the schools and related sites funds. The deadline for grant applications is June 14. The Port Grant Programs were established in 2009 to address the cumulative environmental impacts from redevelopment and modernization projects at the Port of Long Beach.
Read more: Click here for the full news release.
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New Episode of 'Pulse of the Port'
Watch the latest episode of the award-winning video program "Pulse of the Port" to see how Metrolink turned to the Port of Long Beach's Crescent Terminal, operated by SSA, to handle its latest crash-resistant rail passenger cars.
Also in this episode; refrigerated containers keep the Hawaiian Islands humming, the Long Beach Fire Department's Station 24 in Terminal Island, Job Shadowing at the Port, and Board of Harbor Commissioners President Nick Sramek. Visit the Port's YouTube channel at

Seafood Feast June 9
The Port of Long Beach is proud to participate in the 23rd Annual Scholarship Fund-raiser Propeller Club/ILWU Seafood Feast on June 9 at the San Pedro Fish Market.
Come have some delicious seafood and support a worthy cause. Proceeds go the International Longshore and Warehouse Union/Propeller Club of Los Angeles-Long Beach Memorial Scholarship Fund. Tickets must be reserved in advance. Click here for the event flier.

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