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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
June 2011
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Budget Approved

The Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved an $828 million budget for fiscal year 2012 that includes significant investments in development projects to expand trade. The spending plan, approved June 20, includes $630 million in capital improvement projects that will support nearly 6,000 local jobs.
The budget also will cut the non-personnel cost of Port Operations by 7 percent, following a 12 percent reduction in fiscal year 2011 and 4 percent the year before.
"We are seeing some signs that the global recession is easing and our revenues are beginning to recover," said Port Executive Director Richard D. Steinke. "We are investing in our future, while living within our means today."
The fiscal year 2012 budget represents a 26 percent increase from the previous year, mainly as a result of the increase in capital spending.
Read more: For full news release, click here.
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Cargo Edges Up

Overall container cargo volume rose by 2.3 percent in May compared to a year ago. Imports were up 4 percent while exports declined by 6.1 percent compared to May 2010.
Overall, the Port moved 531,090 twenty-foot equivalent container units last month compared to 485,059 TEUs in April of last year. Port terminals handled 270,107 TEUs of import containers, almost 30,000 TEUs more than a year ago. Exports jumped by 10.4 percent to 143,683 TEUs, aided by a weaker dollar and growing demand abroad for agricultural products. Empty container moves were up 3.2 percent to 117,300 TEUs. Most empty containers are bound overseas for refilling.
Read the Data: For the latest TEU figures, click here. Tonnage summary reports are here.


Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) gave the Port of Long Beach its highest recognition, the "Best Port Overall" award, during its annual Maritime Operations Conference in Charleston, SC. MSC is one of the largest ocean carriers in the world and makes calls to virtually every seaport in North America.
At the Port of Long Beach, MSC calls at SSA Terminals in Pier A. SSA Terminals was recognized along with the Port during the June 3 event.
Read More: To visit the Port's awards page, click here.
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Centennial Celebrations

About 5,000 Long Beach area residents, industry partners, elected officials and others flocked to Pier E on Saturday, June 25 to celebrate Port's 100th Birthday Party.
Attendees also shared their Port memories with artists and videographers and watched the Port's Centennial documentary narrated by star of movies and television Robert Wagner.
Read More: For full news release, click here.
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OOCL Wins Award

Port customer Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) took first place among 19 ocean carriers in the annual performance survey taken by the influential Agriculture Transportation Coalition.
The AgTC is a promoter of U.S. agricultural exports, and has lobbied for better infrastructure to support transportation of American agricultural products abroad. AgTC announced OOCL's recognition during its annual conference held in San Francisco in early June. OOCL calls at LBCT in Pier F.
Read More: For more information on AgTC, click here.
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PierPASS Schedule

You can now find PierPASS Off Peak Scheduleat the Port's website at .
Find out which terminals are open during off-peak hours on which day of the week and check back for updates.
PierPASS is a partnership among the marine terminal operators at the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles. It's aimed at easing truck congestion, improving security and helping air quality. All international container terminals in the two ports have five shifts per week, and trucking companies are encouraged to spread their services among the shifts to prevent bottlenecks.
Read More: For more information on PierPASS, click here.
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Straight Talk
Catch Harbor Commission President Nick Sramek, Managing Director of Environmental Affairs and Planning Robert Kanter, and Chief Harbor Engineer Al Moro on the local public affairs show "Straight Talk," hosted by Art Levine. The show, which aired June 11 and 18, highlights the Port's Centennial and its future projects.
With the latest awards, the Port has presented $388,150 in scholarships to 243 students since 1993. Click here for the video archive.

Aquarium Exhibit
Check out the new Ocean Science Center at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Partially funded by the Port, the new exhibit displays the Port's role as a leader in international trade and environmental stewardship. Click here to watch the video.

Centennial Blog
What was it like to move cargo in the days before containerization? Reader Tom Kennedy shares his memories of working for Matson Navigation Co. in the 1950s and '60s and loading cargo at the Long Beach bulk loading terminal. To learn other interesting historical facts and contribute your own stories during the Port's 100th year anniversary, visit the Port's Centennial blog at

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