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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
January 2011
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Port Posts Record Gains

Containerized cargo at the Port increased by 1.2 million units in 2010, the largest single increase of any seaport in the United States for the year.
Port shipping terminals moved a total of 6.3 million twenty-foot equivalent containers last year. The jump represented a nearly 25 percent gain over 2009, and it was the largest one-year increase in Port history.
For the year, imports rose 23.4 percent to 3,128,860 TEUs, and exports were up 15.6 percent to 1,562,398 TEUs. Empty container moves were up 33.2 percent to 1,572,241 TEUs.
For the month of December, the Port moved 523,311 TEUs, a 12 percent increase compared to the same period a year ago, and the thirteenth consecutive month of gains. Imports were up 10.4 percent to 256,889 TEUs, and exports were up 14.7 percent to 141,140 TEUs. Empty container moves were up 12.3 percent to 125,282 TEUs. Empty containers are mostly bound overseas for refilling.
Read the Data: Click here for the latest TEU figures, and here for the latest tonnage summary reports.
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Centennial Celebration Kicks Off

This year the Port of Long Beach turns 100 years old. The first delivery at the Port was a shipment of lumber from the Pacific Northwest that arrived on June 2, 1911 at Municipal Pier 1, the Portís only pier. Today, the Port is the second busiest container seaport in North America, with close $150 billion in trade moving across its wharfs each year and sustaining more than 300,000 jobs in Southern California.
Throughout 2011, the Portís regular events such as public tours and Green Port Fest will take on an historical theme to reflect the Centennial. And there will be special events as well, to be announced throughout the year.
Learn More: For remembrances, a photographic timeline, videos and stories, visit the Centennial website at
Share: To share your own memories, photos and other archives please visit the Centennial blog at
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Clean Trucks Expanded

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on January 10 approved the inclusion of smaller "Class 7" trucks to the landmark Clean Trucks Program and instituted penalties for "dray-offs," switching cargo from an approved clean truck toĖ-an older model within the Harbor District. The action followed preliminary board action in December.
Class 7 trucks will be added to the progressive ban that is already in place for larger "Class 8" trucks, starting July 1, 2011.
The Board also approved charging cargo owners a Clean Trucks fee if their containers are observed being switched from a clean truck to a banned truck within the Harbor District.
Read More: For the full news release, click here. For a copy of the Board Agenda item, click here.
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Strawbridge Appointed

Sean Strawbridge, an executive at Ports America, has been appointed as the Port's Managing Director of Trade Relations and Port Operations.
Strawbridge is scheduled to start at the Port on January 31. He will oversee the Portís Trade Relations and Port Operations Bureau, which includes the Communications, Maintenance, Security and Trade Relations divisions. He will report to Deputy Executive Director J. Christopher Lytle.
Strawbridge was the Director of Corporate Development at Ports America, one of the largest terminal operator and stevedoring companies in the United States. Strawbridge previously held positions with US Airways (formerly America West Airlines), Sea-Land Service, Inc., and Marine Terminals Corporation.
Read More: For the full news release click here.
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Green Technology Funded

The Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles have co-sponsored a $3.4 million technology project that will use seawater to filter pollutants from a shipís auxiliary engines and boilers.
The device, called the "seawater scrubber," will be tested starting in spring 2011 on a container vessel. The device is expected to reduce the shipís sulfur oxide emissions by up to 99.9 percent and particulate matter by as much as 85 percent.
The test was funded in part by a $1.65 million grant from the Technology Advancement Program (TAP), a joint initiative of the two ports.
Read More: For the full news release, click here.
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State of the Port

Port of Long Beach Executive Director Richard D. Steinke delivered his annual "State of the Port" address on Friday, January 28.
The address came on the heels of a banner year for the Port, which saw record cargo gains in 2010.
The cargo increase helped create hundreds of jobs locally and support thousands more down the supply chain. Steinke discussed the year-end numbers and what lies ahead for the Centennial year, as the Port prepares to invest nearly $4 billion in infrastructure projects over the next decade.
Read More: For the full news release, click here.
Watch: For webcast of the event go to the Port of Long Beach's website.
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Steinke on Fox Business
Port of Long Beach Executive Director Richard D, Steinke appeared on the Fox Business Network on January 18 talking with Brian Sullivan about the growth of import and export traffic in Long Beach, how that growth helps the national economy and plans for the Port's future. Watch it here.

Port Leaders on Straight Talk
Art Levine, host of Long Beach public affairs show "Straight Talk," recently interviewed Board of Harbor Commissioners President Nick Sramek, Executive Director Richard D. Steinke and Managing Director of Environmental Affairs and Planning Dr. Robert Kanter. The program is available online at

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