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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
November 2010
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Bridge Project Gets Official Launch

Caltrans and Port of Long Beach officials kicked off the nearly $1 billion replacement project for the Gerald Desmond Bridge on November 22, with an project launch event near the base of the current structure.
The aging Gerald Desmond Bridge will be replaced with a new, landmark span. The California Transportation Commission approved the Port's funding and building plans earlier in the month, clearing the way for the Port and Caltrans to seek firms to design and construct the new bridge, which will be wider and taller than the current span. Final design and preliminary construction will begin in early 2011 and construction of the main bridge supports could start in 2012.
Read More: For the full news release, click here.
Learn More: For project fact sheet, an informational video, Q&A, and the complete environmental impact report click here.
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Cargo Volume Highest in Three Years

The monthly container cargo count at the Port of Long Beach reached its highest levels in three years to 613,621 twenty-foot equivalent container units moved in the month of October, a 35.6 percent increase compared to the same month last year.
Imports were up 33.5 percent to 303,168 TEUs, only the second time imports have topped 300,000 since November 2007 and near the peak levels reached that year. Exports were up 26.3 percent compared to August 2009 to 150,581 TEUs. Empty container moves were up 50.6 percent to 159,872 TEUs.
Read the Data: Click here for the latest TEU figures, and here for the latest tonnage summary reports.
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CAAP Approved

Harbor commissioners from Long Beach and Los Angeles unanimously approved an update to the award-winning San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) during a joint meeting on November 22, reaffirming the ports' commitment to cut air pollution in the region.
The 2010 CAAP Update builds upon the successes of the groundbreaking original, which since being enacted in 2006 has initiated a wide range of air pollution-reducing measures for the ships, trains, trucks, and other heavy machinery used to move approximately $300 billion worth of freight through the country's busiest port complex each year.
Read More: For the full news release click here.
Learn More: The 2010 CAAP Update, Fact Sheet, Response to Comments and Supplemental Response to Comments following comments at the joint board meeting are available at www.polb.com/caap or www.cleanairactionplan.org.
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Bangkok Bridge Maiden Call

Port officials welcomed the Bangkok Bridge, a 4,400-TEU container ship operated by "K"-Line, with a plaque presentation on its maiden voyage November 4 at International Transportation Service's Pier G facility. The vessel is one of the first ships in the world to be equipped for shore power as part of its construction, as opposed to retrofitting. The ship was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, South Korea.
Most ships to "plug in" to shore power at ITS have been retrofitted for cold ironing. The Bangkok Bridge, along with Baltimore Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge, belong to a modern fleet of shore power ready vessels. All three ships are in "K"-Line's "Calco C" service route with calls in Xiamen, Yantian, Hong Kong, Shanghai/Yangshan, Long Beach, Oakland and Kobe. Shore power. 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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PHL to Introduce New Locomotives

Pacific Harbor Line has entered into a contract with Progress Rail Services Corporation to repower 16 of its Tier 2 locomotives with newer, lower emission Tier 3 Cat engines for use in the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The engines will be equipped with Diesel Particulate Filters. When the project is completed, PHL's entire fleet of 22 locomotives will meet or exceed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tier 3 standards. The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles facilitated the $12 million project as a part of the ports' Clean Air Action Plan.
Read More: For the full news release, click here.
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Port Hosts Exporters' Forum

As part of an ongoing effort to assist businesses involved in exporting U.S.-made goods, the Port hosted a forum in October with the Export-Import Bank of the U.S., the Long Beach International Trade Office and about 100 exporters and other related businesses. The forum was organized to help facilitate an increase in U.S. exports by introducing small companies to the financial tools and opportunities offered by the federal government and other agencies. The discussions focused on helping small businesses find the information, credit and insurance they may need to start or boost sales of goods and services in overseas markets.
Read More: For the full news release, Click here for the full news release.
Learn More: For more information about Export-Import Bank of the U.S., go to www.exim.gov. For more information about the Long Beach International Trade Office, go to www.lbito.org.
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P O Shipping Video
P O Shipping began operating at the Port of Long Beach's Pier J in August, with five ships making regular calls here from China. Click here to watch a short video on the Port's newest ocean carrier.

Trade Mission
Port of Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Dr. Mike Walter recently took part in a trade mission to South Korea, California's fifth-largest trading partner. Click here for a video about the mission.

Diving Exercises
The Port of Long Beach is the only port in the country with an underwater salvage-and-recovery diving team. This month the Port's Harbor Patrol and U.S. Navy deepwater divers participated in first of its kind drill. Click here (xxx) for photo gallery and more information.

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