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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
March 2011
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Tsunami Aftermath

The March 10 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan had little immediate impact on Port operations, but officials continue to monitor the situation closely.
Following the earthquake off the Eastern Coast of Japan, there were noticeable fluctuations in the tide locally, as high as three feet, but no reports of damage. The unusual currents lasted about 36 hours starting at around 9:40 a.m. on Friday, March 11. Pilots moving ships during the first 14 hours encountered some challenges at the Port's breakwater entrance turning vessels.
Cargo ships that left Japanese ports after the earthquake began arriving at the Port later in the month. U.S. Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection reported they are not changing their screening protocols but remain watchful of cargo from Japan. Officers use hand-held radiation scanners when they board ships offshore and larger mobile scanners on land.
As part of standard procedure, all containers leaving the Port go through radiation portal scanners.
Learn More: For CPB news release click here. For USCG news releases click here.
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Pulse of the Ports

The Port held its annual industry forecast event, "Pulse of the Ports: Peak Season Forecast" at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Long Beach. Last year was a banner year for the Port of Long Beach as it posted the biggest container cargo gains of any port in the U.S. The Port moved 6.3 million container units in 2010, 1.2 million more than the year before.
As global trade climbs out of the recession, come hear what the top industry experts have to say about global economic outlook and trends up and down the supply chain.
The speakers this year include: Dan Smith (Principal, The Tioga Group), Jon Gold (Vice President, Supply Chain & Customs, National Retail Federation), Frank J. Baragona (President, CMA CGM/America LLC), Ed DeNike (President, SSA Containers), Clarence W. Gooden (Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, CSX Corporation) and Josh Owen (President, Ability Tri-Modal and Chair of California Trucking Association Intermodal Groupation).
Read More: For full news release, click here.
Watch It: For a webcast of the event, click here.
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Cargo Figures Remain Strong

The Port continued to post strong trade numbers in February with a 10.9 percent increase in cargo container volume overall compared to the same period a year ago.
The Port moved 458,336 twenty-foot equivalent container units last month compared to 413,134 TEUs in February 2010.
Imports were up 12.4 percent to 233,360 TEUs, but exports were down by 1 percent to 121,929 TEUs. Empty container moves were up 25.3 percent to 102,747 TEUs. Most empty containers are bound overseas for refilling.
In 2010, the Port of Long Beach posted the biggest container cargo gains of any port in the U.S. The Port also gained market share among North American container ports, a full percentage point to 16.7 percent from 15.7 percent in 2009. It is the second biggest share of the market behind Port of Los Angeles, which remained flat at 20.9 percent.
February represented the 15th consecutive month of cargo growth for the Port.
Read the Data: Click here for the latest TEU figures, and here for the latest tonnage summary reports.
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Bidders Selected for Bridge Project

Four teams of engineering and construction firms have been deemed eligible to compete for the contract to design and build the replacement to the Gerald Desmond Bridge.
The $950-million project is a joint effort of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Port of Long Beach, along with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).
Earlier this year, seven teams of engineering and construction firms submitted their qualifications. A group of Caltrans, Port and Metro officials reviewed each team's statement of qualifications and selected the teams eligible to continue in the procurement process.
Read More: For the list of the companies and the full news release, click here.
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Agriculture Secretary Visits Port

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited the Port on March 16 to highlight the benefits of growing agricultural trade, thanks to the record-breaking productivity of America's farmers and ranchers.
Welcomed by Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, Vilsack also met with Port officials and provided an overview of the federal government's efforts to increase exports and work out trade agreements, such as the U.S.-Korea Trade Agreement.
Vilsack was joined by California agriculture leaders including grower A.G. Kawamura and food product exporter Tony LoBue.
The FMC is an independent agency responsible for the regulation of ocean borne transportation for foreign commerce in the U.S.
Read More: For news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, click here.
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Live from the Port of Long Beach
Fox Business News broadcast live from the Port of Long Beach on March 4. Host Brian Sullivan interviewed Executive Director Richard D. Steinke and other guests about activity at the Port and what it means in the context of the larger economy. The broadcast also featured a segment on the Port's Dive Team. For links to videos, click here.

Centennial Blog
Did you know that Elvis Presley and Danny Thomas were at the Port in 1964 on a yacht once used by Franklin D. Roosevelt? And the historic naval vessel USS Constitution, also known as "Old Ironsides," docked at the Port the morning of the devastating Long Beach earthquake in 1933.
Check out the latest entries in the Portís Centennial blog postings at

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