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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
August 2010
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Board Approves New Bridge

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on August 9 gave final approval for the replacement of the obsolete Gerald Desmond Bridge. The new, nearly $1 billion span will accommodate future traffic needs and dramatically improve safety for vehicles and vessels alike.
The Port, in partnership with Caltrans, will oversee the design and construction of a higher, wider bridge parallel to and just north of the existing Gerald Desmond Bridge. Construction of the main structure is scheduled to begin in 2012. Once the new bridge is completed and open, the old structure will be taken down.
The project will generate an average of 4,000 jobs per year during the expected five-to-six years of construction.
The Gerald Desmond Bridge is a vital route for cargo, carrying about 15 percent of the nationís imports. It is also a critical link for commuters, who make up about 75 percent of bridge traffic.
Read More: For the full news release, click here.
Learn More: For a project overview and links to the fact sheet, Q&A and the Final EIR, click here. For information on a recent workshop presentation to contractors and other industry members, click here.
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Cargo Peaks in July

The Port moved 587,881 TEUs in July, marking the year's highest volume. Imports jumped 32.5 percent compared to same period last year, while exports rose 16.4 percent. It was the eighth straight month of volume increases. Overall trade volume rose 35.8 percent in July compared to the same month last year.
The Port moved 293,878 TEUs inbound, 126,177 loaded outbound TEUs and 167,826 TEUs of empty containers. Empty containers were up 63.1 percent.
Read the Data: Click here for the latest TEU figures, and here for the latest tonnage summary reports.
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Matson Expands China Service

Matson Navigation Company has expanded its China service by adding a second string of vessels.
The new vessels provide service from the ports of Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Shanghai to Long Beach and add an estimated 234,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) to trade volume at the Port. The deployed ships will have an average capacity of 3,500 TEUs.
The weekly service began in mid-August and be in full deployment by early October. With the new service, Matson will offer twice weekly departures from Shanghai, with 10-day transit time, the fastest in the transpacific trade. Matson is also a recipient of the Clean Air Action Plan 2010 awards for environmental leadership.
Read More: Click here for the full news release.
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Port to Get 2nd Hybrid Tugboat

Foss Maritime Company, builder and operator of the world's first hybrid tugboat, will soon add another pioneering vessel to its Southern California fleet with the help of an air quality grant obtained by the Port.
Building on the success of Foss' Carolyn Dorothy hybrid tug, which was launched into service at the Port of Long Beach in 2009, Foss will retrofit an existing tug with hybrid technology for service in San Pedro Bay, thanks to a $1 million grant from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to the Port. The project will be implemented through a partnership between Foss, the Port of Long Beach, and the Port of Los Angeles.
Read More: Click here for the full news release.
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Dick Steinke on CNBC
Port Executive Director Richard D. Steinke showed CNBC's Nicole Lapin why the Port is a barometer of the country's economy. Watch the August 8 interview here.

Chris Lytle on Fox Business
Port Deputy Executive Director Christopher Lytle was on Fox Business News August 18 to deliver some good news on trade volumes at the Port, its infrastructure investments and outlook into the future. Watch it here.

Green Port Fest 2010
Mark your calendar. October 2 is the date of Green Port Fest, the Port's annual open house. There will be plenty of family friendly attractions and new displays, including Wyland Living Green Fair, a one-of-kind interactive exhibit by world famous muralist and environmental activist Wyland. For more information visit

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