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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
July 2010
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Port's Yearly Update

The Port's new 2009 Annual Report, " Building the Port of the Future," is now available for viewing online.
The 40-page Annual Report is a comprehensive look at how the Port has stayed on track and continued to plan for the long term, even during one of the most challenging years in international trade.
Learn More: For previous years' annual reports and other Port publications, click here.
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New Billing System

In the coming months, the Port will begin introducing a new web-based billing system for its customers that will greatly improve service and give easy, secured access to invoicing information.
The new system, called PORTS, will replace the current system that requires Port customers to relay invoice related information to Port staff using email, fax and other means.
PORTS will allow customers to directly input invoicing information using a secured website. This will make the system faster and more accurate. Customers also will be able to quickly access their accounts and review outstanding charges and invoicing history.
The Port generates about 2,000 invoices a month related to vessels and cargos moves, water use and recurring rentals and other services. The Port is striving to make the process more user-friendly and transparent to our customers.
Stay tuned for more information and details on demonstrations and training on the new system.
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Clean Air Awards

Five harbor area firms were recognized at the third annual San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan Air Quality Awards for their extraordinary measures to cut air pollution from their operations.
The awards were given July 29 during a luncheon at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach. The Air Quality Awards were created to recognize industry partners who go beyond regulatory requirements to help reduce air pollution in the San Pedro Bay.
The Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles adopted the Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) in 2006 to cut pollution nearly by half by 2012. The Plan includes a number of initiatives aimed at reducing air pollution from ships, trucks, trains and other heavy equipment used in the movement of cargo.
More than a dozen companies have been recognized in the past three years for their contribution. Nominees were judged by a panel that included representatives of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, California Air Resources Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Read More: Click here for the full news release.
Learn More: For a complete list of winners, click here.
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Bridge's Final EIR

The Port of Long Beach has released the final environmental analysis for a plan to replace the aging Gerald Desmond Bridge with a new, nearly $1 billion span that would improve traffic flow, safety and vessel navigation.
Earlier this year the Port completed the revised draft EIR for the project and solicited comments, holding two public hearings on the project. The final EIR incorporates and responds to those comments.
The Gerald Desmond Bridge is a vital route for cargo and a critical link for commuters. It is aging and in need of replacement. The new bridge would have three traffic lanes plus emergency lanes in both directions and built higher to allow for the newest generation of green cargo ships to pass underneath.
In addition, construction of the new bridge would create up to 4,000 jobs per year for five-to-six years.
Read More: Click here for the full news release.
Learn More: For a project overview and links to the fact sheet, Q&A and environmental documents EIR, click here.
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Cargo Up for Seventh Straight Month

The monthly container cargo count at the Port of Long Beach increased for the seventh straight month in June 2010, rising 25.8 percent compared to the same month last year.
Imports were up 27 percent, while exports rose 1.8 percent. Overall, the Port handled a total of 520,100 twenty-foot equivalent container units in June; 262,053 TEUs inbound, 116,112 loaded outbound TEUs and 141,935 TEUs of empty containers. Empty containers, which are mostly bound overseas for refilling, were up 25.8 percent.
Read the Data: Click here for the latest TEU figures, and here for the latest tonnage summary reports.
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New Pulse of the Port
Recently, the Port of Long Beach participated in an emergency response drill that simulated what would happen if AK-47 wielding terrorists attacked neighboring Shoreline Village. Watch how it all played out in the latest episode of the award winning program "Pulse of the Port."
Also, visit SSA Terminal at Pier A, one of the most modern container terminals in the world. Meet the latest recipients of the annual Port Scholarships. And get to know Harbor Commissioner Dr. Mike Walter. Watch it on YouTube or 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.

Securing the Port
Did you know that the Port of Long Beach has more than 100 closed circuit cameras, including long range and thermal units for night scanning, that monitor its facilities, 24/7? How about underwater remotely operated vehicles, known as ROVs? Radiation scanners?
Those are only a few of the high-tech security measures at the Port, designed to protect this important regional and national asset. But technology only takes us so far, that's why the Port has some of the best trained security personnel in the business. These are professionals whose sole focus is to protect the Port and its workers.
To learn more about Port security click here.

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