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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
April 2011
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Cordero Confirmed to FMC

Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Mario Cordero has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the newest member of the Federal Maritime Commission, an agency responsible for regulating the nation's international ocean transportation.
Cordero has served since 2003 on the Board of Harbor Commissioners. Last year, President Obama appointed Cordero to the federal post and the Senate confirmed on April 14.
Cordero is expected to be sworn into his new post in the next several weeks.
Read More: For full news release, click here.
For FMC's news release, click here.
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Steinke Retiring

Richard D. Steinke, executive director of the Port of Long Beach for the past 14 years and one of the most respected leaders in the maritime industry, has announced he will be retiring effective September 30, 2011.
Under Steinke's leadership, the Port has solidified its status as a world-class seaport with modern facilities and cutting-edge programs.
Steinke's leadership extended beyond the Port of Long Beach and included key roles in several industry and community organizations.
Read More: For full news release, click here.
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Security Director Retiring

Cosmo Perrone, the Port's Director of Security, is retiring. Perrone, a recognized national expert in the field, has overseen some of the most significant security advancements in the Port over the last decade. Under his leadership, the Port upgraded its security hardware to include a port-wide network of surveillance cameras, radar and sonar sensors among others things. He was instrumental in the construction of Port's the state-of-the-art Command and Control Center. It opened in 2009 and serves as the headquarters of the Port's Harbor Patrol and a coordination hub for local and federal law enforcement agencies.
Perrone joined the Port in March 2005. He will address the Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday, May 2, his last day. A national search for his replacement will begin soon.
Read More: For Perrone's bio, click here.
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New China Service

Grand China Shipping, one of the fastest growing ocean carriers in China, made its inaugural call to the Port's TTI terminal on April 26.
Grand China Shipping's Super Pacific Express (SPX) service will call weekly to the Port with an estimated import volume of 140,000 TEUs. SPX's route is Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Ningbo, Shanghai and Long Beach.
The new service marks Grand China Shipping's first foray into transpacific trade. The three-year-old company is part of Grand China Logistics Holding, which is part of China's fourth largest airline group, HNA Group.
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 More: For full news release, click here.
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Green Flag Awards

The Port recently honored 13 top ocean carriers who earned the coveted "best of the best" honors in the Port's annual Green Flag Awards for environmental achievement in 2010.
The Port's Green Flag vessel speed reduction program gives financial incentives to ship operators to slow down near the harbor and reduce air pollution. The program has helped reduce pollution levels from ships by nearly 50 percent since it began six years ago.
More than 200 ocean carriers participated in the program last year.
Read More: For list of winners and the full news release, click here.
Watch: For video of the event on the Port's YouTube Channel, click here.
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Cargo Dips in March

After experiencing 15 consecutive months of cargo growth, the Port saw a 2.5 percent decrease in overall container volume in March compared to the same period a year ago.
February and March are typically slower months for Port traffic as trade lags behind decreased manufacturing activity in Asia due to the Chinese New Year. Overall, the Port moved 412,235 twenty-foot equivalent container units last month compared to 422,774 TEUs in March 2010.
Imports were down 7.5 percent to 191,211 TEUs, but exports were up by 1 percent to 131,761 TEUs. Empty container moves were up 4.2 percent to 89,263 TEUs. Most empty containers are bound overseas for refilling.
Read the Data: For the latest TEU figures, click here. Tonnage summary reports are here.
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Radiation Monitoring

Following the events in Japan last month and the resulting crisis at the crippled Fukushima-Daichi nuclear power plant there, the public has voiced concerns about the potential for radiation coming in to U.S. seaports.
As part of standard security procedures at the Port of Long Beach, all cargo containers are routinely screened for high-levels of radiation before they leave the terminals. As an extra layer of security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers also screen cargo offshore.
Recently, U.S. Customs Assistant Port Director Donald Kusser and Captain of the Port Roger LaFerriere addressed the Board of Harbor Commissioners to allay concerns.
Read More: For updates from Customs and Border Protection, click here.
For updates from the U.S. Coast Guard Los Angeles/Long Beach Sector, click here.
Watch: For video on the subject on the Port's YouTube Channel, click here.
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Biggest RoRo Ship Makes First Call

The Port recently welcomed the MV Tønsberg, the largest roll-on roll-off cargo vessel ever built.
Longer than the length of two football fields, the MV Tønsberg, operated by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, has nine cargo decks and can hold nearly 5 million cubic feet of cargo. Its ramp is nearly 40 feet wide and has a safe working load of over 550 tons.
The ship made its maiden call to the Port on April 11, at Crescent Terminals in Pier F.
Read More: For a full news release, click here.
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Inflatable Offices
Port's emergency management staff recently tested a state-of-the-art inflatable shelter that will serve as its temporary headquarters in case of a catastrophic disaster. The military-grade shelter can be deployed by just two people and be fully inflated in less than nine minutes. For video, click here.

Centennial Blog
Everyone knows the Port of Long Beach is a place of commerce, but romance? The Port's Administration Building has been the backdrop for a variety of unique events, including a wedding. To find out more and other interesting historical facts during the Port's 100th year anniversary, visit the Port's Centennial blog at

Seafood Fest
Tickets for the Annual Seafood Feast Fundraiser on June 8 are now available. The Propeller Club of Los Angeles-Long Beach, the Port of Long Beach, the Port of Los Angeles and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union will host the event to be held at the San Pedro Fish Market. For more information please contact Monika Wegener at (818) 951-2842 or visit

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