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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
June 2010
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$716 Million Port Budget Gets OK

The Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday, June 28 approved a $716 million budget for the Port of Long Beach that continues to invest aggressively on environmental and capital improvement projects while keeping operating costs in check. The fiscal year 2011 budget represents a 19 percent reduction from the previous year. It includes $414 million for development projects that will support about 3,500 regional jobs during the fiscal year, which begins October 1. Another $71 million is earmarked for environmental programs such as the development of clean air technologies.
Read More: For the full news release, click here.
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Board Appoints Hacegaba as Executive Officer

The Board of Harbor Commissioners has appointed Noel Hacegaba, Ph.D., as the new Executive Officer to the Board. Hacegaba, who will begin July 12, will succeed Acting Executive Officer to the Board Diane Jacobus, who is retiring.
Hacegaba is a former Assistant Chief of Staff for the Long Beach City Prosecutor's Office and more recently worked for Republic Services, the nation's second largest environmental services company. He negotiated and managed $200 million in municipal contracts for the company.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Hacegaba earned his doctorate in public administration at the University of La Verne where he now teaches public administration. The Executive Officer coordinates administrative functions for the Board, ensures the Board is kept up-to-date on Port of Long Beach activities, and arranges trade missions and conferences, among other duties. With the assistance of the executive secretary, the executive officer also schedules the weekly Board meetings, prepares the agenda and supervises the transcription of minutes and history.
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Port Voted Best In North America

The Port of Long Beach was once again named the best seaport in North America by Cargonews Asia at the 2010 Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards in Hong Kong.
It is the sixth consecutive year and the 14th time in the past 15 years that the Port of Long Beach has been recognized as the best on the continent, despite increased competition for Asian cargo.
The AFSCA or "Shippers' Choice" award is based on a readers poll thousands of importers, exporters, logistics and supply chain professionals.
Read More: Click here for the full news release.
Learn More: Visit the AFSCA website here.
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New Board Officers Elected

Nick Sramek was named to a second consecutive term as President of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on June 21 by his fellow commissioners as part of the commission's annual board officers selection.
Sramek was appointed to the Harbor Commission in 2007 and first selected president in June 2009.
Commissioner Susan E. Anderson Wise, who joined the Board in 2008, was selected as Vice President. Dr. Mike Walter, who has served on the Commission since 2005, was named Secretary; while Mario Cordero, appointed to the Commission in 2003, was named Vice Secretary. All terms will start July 1.
The five-member Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners is the governing body of the Port of Long Beach. The Commission President serves as chair of the commission, running board meetings and often representing the Port to the public and shipping industry.
Read More: Click here for the full news release.
Learn More: For commissioners' bios, click here.
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Port Air Continues to Improve

Air pollution at the Port fell for the third year in a row in 2009, with declines of up to 50 percent for key pollutants threatening public health, according to a report released June 14.
Some of the pollution cuts can be attributed to a recession-related drop in cargo volume, but the Port's air pollution decline far outpaced the decline in trade thanks to air quality measures such as the Clean Trucks Program, the Green Flag vessel speed reduction program and shore power for ships.
While container shipments were down 24 percent from 2005 to 2009, diesel particulate matter, a toxic air contaminant, was reduced by 52 percent. Nitrogen oxides, which contribute to smog formation, were down 35 percent and sulfur oxides, which cause respiratory symptoms, dropped 46 percent.
Read more: Click here for the full news release.
Learn More: See PowerPoint presentation here.
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Cargo Up for Sixth Straight Month

The monthly container cargo count at the Port of Long Beach increased for the sixth straight month in May 2010, rising 25.1 percent compared to the same month last year.
Imports were up 26.8 percent, continuing to signal a recovery in the domestic retail sector, while exports rose 14.5 percent.
Overall, the Port handled a total of 524,715 twenty-foot equivalent container units in April; 264,505 TEUs inbound, 138,659 loaded outbound TEUs and 121,551 TEUs of empty containers. Empty containers, which are mostly bound overseas for refilling, were up 35.2 percent.
Read the Data: Click here for the latest TEU figures, and here for the latest tonnage summary reports.
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Channel Deepening Underway

A $40 million project deepening the Port of Long Beach Main Channel to allow safer transit for the largest ships including oil tankers officially kicked off June 8.
The project is a critical and significant step forward for maritime safety, navigation and modernization at the Port. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is overseeing the project with support from Port engineers. The dredging work is being performed by Manson Construction Co. Funding was provided by the Port and the Army Corps, and includes $2.4 million in federal economic stimulus money.
The 17-month project, which actually began earlier this year with the Catalina Landing dredging and will continue into 2011, will generate about 180 jobs.
Read More: Click here for the full news release.
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Shore Power Ship's Maiden Voyage

The Brooklyn Bridge, a container ship operated by "K"-Line, called to the Port of Long Beach on June 17 during its maiden voyage after leaving the Hyundai shipyard in South Korea.
The 4,700-TEU vessel was the first originally equipped for shore power ship to call to the Port. Previous ships to "plug in" to the Port's International Transportation Service Terminal in Pier G had been retrofitted. One of the first of its kind, the Brooklyn Bridge underscores the industry's growing acceptance of shore power technology and the Port of Long Beach's standards.
Port staff greeted the Brooklyn Bridge while it was docked at ITS and presented the captain with a plaque to commemorate the occasion. The Brooklyn Bridge is in "K"-Line's "Calco C" service route.
Shore power allows ships to shut down their diesel engines at berth and plug in for electricity, greatly reducing air pollution.
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Port's IM Wins Award
The Port has won the prestigious CIO 100 Awards, which recognizes 100 organizations worldwide that have distinguished themselves by creating business value through the effective and innovative use of information technology.
The Port won recognition for its work in creating the Clean Trucks Program database to register and monitor thousands of drayage trucks using radio frequency identification. The CIO 100 award is presented annually by CIO magazine, a trade publication serving information technology managers and leaders.

Commissioners Honored
Harbor Commissioners Nick Sramek and Dr. Mike Walter were recently honored by the California State University, Long Beach.
Board President Sramek, a graduate of the university's College of Engineering, was named "Distinguished Alumnus" by the school and gave the college's commencement speech on May 28.
Dr. Walter, the university's Executive Assistant to the President for Community Relations and a Distinguished Professor of Economics and Business Administration was named one of the " Most Inspirational Professors of California State University, Long Beach" by the Senior Class of 2010.

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