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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
May 2010
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Port Wins International Award

The Port of Long Beach was recognized for its environmental record by ICHCA International during the organization's 30th Biennial Conference held in Casablanca, Morocco in early May.
The International Cargo Handling & Co-ordination Association, or ICHCA, has members worldwide and is dedicated to the promotion of safety and efficiency in cargo handling. ICHCA International Chairman John Strang presented Port Executive Director Richard D. Steinke with the award, commending Long Beach's "contributions to environmental improvements in cargo handling activities."
Learn More: Visit ICHCA International here.
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April TEUs Up 19 Percent

The Port's monthly container cargo count increased for the fifth straight month in April, rising 18.7 percent compared to the same period a year ago.
Imports were up 21.2 percent, pointing to a robust recovery in the domestic retail sector, and exports rose 15.2 percent.
Overall, the Port handled a total of 485,059 twenty-foot equivalent container units in April; 241,245 TEUs inbound, 130,155 TEUs outbound and 113,659 TEUs of empty containers. Empty containers, which are mostly bound overseas for refilling, was up 17.6 percent.
Read the Data: Click here for the latest TEU figures, and here for the latest tonnage summary reports.
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Port Seeks More 'Shore power' Money

The Port has submitted a joint application for statewide Proposition 1B grants. The measure, approved by voters in 2006, makes about $200 million available statewide for programs that reduce air pollution in goods transport.
The Port applied jointly with the Port of Los Angeles and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and will apply its portion of the funds, if awarded, to equip wharfs with "shore power."
Shore power allows ships to shut down their diesel engines at berth and plug in for electricity, greatly reducing air pollution.
Read More: Click here for the full news release.
Watch: To see an archived webcast of the public meeting on the grant application, look for the May 6, 2010 meeting under "Special Meetings and Events" at
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Overweight, Oversize Truck Permit Information

The Port has updated its website with permitting information for overweight, oversize and over height vehicles.
Access to roadways is restricted for such vehicles under state and local laws, and trucks must have special permits before they can travel on state highways and local roads.
At you will find useful information, maps and links to various resources. The Port of Long Beach does not issue transportation permits for public roads and the content on the website is informational only.
Learn More: For overweight and oversize truck permits go to or
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Port Awards Annual Scholarships

On May 14 the Port presented six local high school and 17 college students with scholarships totaling $58,150 to assist them in studies aimed at careers related to world trade and goods transportation. The awards were made at a luncheon capping World Trade Week 2010.
The scholarships help young people obtain education and training to assist them in finding Port-related careers in fields ranging from business to environmental planning to diplomacy. With the latest scholarships, the Port since 1993 has awarded $334,650 to 223 students. 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'
In the latest installment of the Port's award winning "Pulse of the Port" video program, we visit a beehive of steel boxes at the Union Pacific's Intermodal Container Transfer Facility; see how the Port is pushing the envelope with its pollution goals; learn slower ships are good for the environment and meet Mario Cordero, the longest serving member of the Harbor Board of Commissioners. Click on individual segments or visit the Port's YouTube channel at

Lytle on Fox Business News
Port of Long Beach COO and Deputy Executive Director J. Christopher Lytle was interviewed recently on Fox Business News about the Port's increased cargo trade and economic outlook.
Watch clip here.

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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