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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
December 2010
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Board Expands Clean Trucks

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners voted December 20 to expand the landmark Clean Trucks Program to include smaller rigs and to penalize trucking companies that switch cargo from "clean" to "dirty" trucks outside Port terminals.
The Board authorized Port staff to draft revisions that would ban older Class 7 trucks, which previously were not included in the program. The Board also authorized staff to design penalties for trucking companies that employ "dray-offs": switching cargo from a Clean Trucks Program-compliant truck to a polluting truck once the vehicle is outside a cargo terminal.
Read More: For the full news release, click here.
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Cargo Volume Remains Strong

The monthly container cargo count remained strong in November, with a 24.6 percent overall increase in volume compared to the same period a year ago.
Overall, the Port moved 558,307 twenty-foot equivalent container units last month, compared to 448,151 in November 2009. Imports were up 20.2 percent to 274,480 TEUs, and exports were up 24.8 percent to 142,628 TEUs. Empty container moves were up 33.8 percent to 141,199 TEUs.
Read the Data: Click here for the latest TEU figures, and here for the latest tonnage summary reports.
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Transportation Security Chief Visits Port

Administrator of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration John S. Pistole, along with other federal officials, visited the Port recently to see firsthand the testing of a key security measure for shipping facilities. The Port of Long Beach is one of a handful of facilities in the country TSA has selected to test an electronic reader system for TWIC cards.
The Transportation Worker Identification Credential program is a national identification system that requires transportation workers, including those in the maritime industry, to pass background checks before accessing port facilities. All dock workers and drayage truck drivers, for example, are required to have a TWIC card.
Read More: For the full news release, click here.
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Panama Canal MOU

An agreement between the Port and the Panama Canal Authority was signed on December 7. It will lead to a series of efforts to promote more trade between Latin America and the United States.
The two authorities agreed to exchange marketing ideas aimed at boosting trade between Long Beach and countries on the east coast of South America and in the Caribbean, via the Panama Canal. The MOU also calls for an exchange of ideas in the areas of engineering, dredging technology and environmental practices.
Read More: For the full news release click here.
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Carriers to Share Service Line

Ocean carrier T.S. Lines has joined P O Shipping's existing CAE service line. The two carriers will operate five ships in total, with T.S. Lines taking 20 percent of slot.
CAE service line, which connects central and north China to Long Beach, calls at Pacific Container Terminal in Pier J. Although this does not represent an increase in ship capacity, the two carriers offer greater marketing reach for potential customers.
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Port Wins EPA Award

The Technology Advancement Program, a groundbreaking clean air technology program at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, earned the U.S. EPA's Pacific Southwest Region's 2010 Environmental Achievement Award.
The TAP is a joint initiative designed to accelerate the commercialization of technologies that will help reduce pollution in the ports and is a key component of the San Pedro Bay Ports' Clean Air Action Plan.
Read More: For the full news release, click here.
Learn More: For more information on the TAP, visit the Clean Air Action Plan website at www.cleanairactionplan.org.
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