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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
July 2011
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Wise Elected Commission President

Susan E. Anderson Wise has been elected President of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the Port's governing body. Wise succeeds Commissioner Nick Sramek, who served two terms as president.
Commissioner Thomas Fields was selected as Vice President and Sramek as Vice Secretary.
Wise, a longtime resident and attorney in Long Beach, was appointed to the Board in December 2008. The Commission President serves as chair of the commission, running board meetings and often representing the Port to the public and shipping industry.
The Board of Harbor Commissioners is sets the financial and policy direction for the Port.
Read more: To visit the Board of Harbor Commissioners' webpage, click here.
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SSA's CEO Hemingway Honored

The Board of Harbor Commissioners presented the the Honorary Port Pilot Award, Port's highest recognition, to Jon F. Hemingway, Chief Executive Officer of SSA Marine, in a ceremony on July 21.
Hemingway became the 76th recipient of the award, which is presented by the Port to business and political leaders who have made significant contributions to international trade and the maritime industry.
Hemingway's Seattle-based company and its affiliates provide cargo-handling and transportation services at more than 150 seaport facilities worldwide, including four shipping terminal operations that move about half of the cargo at the Port of Long Beach.
Read More: For the full news release, click here. For more information about the award and for a complete list of honorees, click here.

Modest Cargo Gains in June

The Port continued to post modest gains in container cargo volume for the year with a 6.6 percent overall volume increase in June compared to a year ago.
Imports were up 3.5 percent and exports rose by 9 percent compared to June 2010.
Port terminals handled 554,269 twenty-foot equivalent container units last month, compared to 520,100 TEUs in June of last year. Import containers accounted for 271,113 TEUs, compared to 262,053 TEUs in the same period last year, and export containers reached 126,588 TEUs, compared to 116,112 TEUs in June 2010.
Empty container moves were up 10.3 percent to 156,568 TEUs. Most empty containers are bound overseas for refilling.
Overall container moves at the Port are up 6.2 percent for the year. Imports are up 6 percent, and exports are up 4 percent.
Read the Data: For the latest TEU figures, click here. Tonnage summary reports are here.
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Executive Search

National executive search firm RSR Partners has been selected to lead the search for a successor to Executive Director Richard D. Steinke who has announced he will be retiring.
RSR, based in Greenwich, Connecticut, is one of the nation's leading board and executive recruiting firms.
Steinke has agreed to stay on as Executive Director until a successor is named.
Read More: For the full news release, click here.
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Clean Trucks Program Hits New Milestones

Beginning July 1, Port terminals began barring about 500 older "Class 7" trucks, smaller, less powerful rigs that were not originally included in the Port's landmark Clean Trucks Program because they were not typically used in container transport.
More than 10,000 clean trucks, meeting stringent 2007 federal emission standards, are now registered in Port service. These account for 93 percent of the container truck traffic.
Beginning January 1, 2012, all drayage trucks will have to meet the 2007 federal emission standards. Since it began in 2008, the award winning Clean Trucks Program has decreased drayage truck-related pollution nearly 90 percent.
Read More: For the full news release, click here.
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Zero Emissions Discussed

Long Beach and Los Angeles Harbor Commissioners met jointly on July 7 for a special workshop  to identify opportunities for demonstration of zero-emission technologies in the ports.
The discussion focused on ways to evaluate and eventually make commercially viable promising zero-emission technologies such as electric and fuel cell-assisted drayage trucks, locomotives with linear synchronous motors, and electric and fuel cell-assisted cargo-handling equipment.
Read More: For the full news release, click here. To download the "Roadmap for Zero Emissions-- Overview," click here.
Watch: To see the archived webcast of the July 7 Special Board Workshop, click here.
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PORTS Billing System

The Port has unveiled a new system designed to streamline billing and revenue tracking.
The new Port Operating and Revenue Tracking System, or PORTS, will make it easier for Port customers to submit and track invoicing information.
PORTS will allow customers to receive statements and alerts electronically and consolidate invoices by vessel based on their preferences, among other features.
Learn more: To download a flier on PORTS, click here. For the PowerPoint presentation, click here. For a sample invoice, click here.
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Bond Ratings Stay Strong

The Port has maintained high marks with all three bond rating agencies: Standard & Poor's, Fitch Ratings and Moody's.
Most recently, Standard & Poor's maintained the Port's long-term bond rating at 'AA' with a stable outlook. The firm also affirmed an 'A-1+' rating for the Port's short-term commercial paper. Fitch affirmed the Port's bond rating at 'AA' with a stable outlook in May. Moody's also retained the rating of 'AA' for Port bonds.
A high credit rating recognizes good financial management by the Port and keeps the cost of borrowing lower as the Port begins $4 billion in capital improvements over the next decade.
Learn more: For more information on the rating agencies visit, and

I-710 Closure

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has announced it will conduct 10 weekends of full freeway closures on a stretch of the Long Beach Freeway (I-710) as part of a pavement rehabilitation project. The closures will begin Friday, August 5, and will extend to October 17.
The closed section will extend from the Glenn Anderson Freeway (I-105) connector to Atlantic Boulevard in the cities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, South Gate and Downey.
Caltrans also has awarded a contract for the replacement of the Heim Bridge that connects Terminal Island to Wilmington. Construction is expected to begin October 1, 2011.
Read more: For the full news release on the I-710 re-pavement project from Caltrans, click here.
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Traffic Mitigation Fee Postponed

 Marine Terminal Operators at the Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles have postponed a planned increase of the Traffic Mitigation Fee.
The fee hike was originally planned to take effect on July 4, but it has been postponed to August 1. The TMF is designed to encourage truck traffic during off-peak hours, reducing congestion and pollution.
Read more:For the full news release from PierPass, click here.
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Hanjin's Gift
In recognition of the Port's Centennial, Hanjin Shipping presented the Port with a 12-foot replica of its Hanjin Long Beach container vessel. The Hanjin Long Beach is an 8,600-TEU vessel in the carrier's PSX service line, which calls at Total Terminals International in Pier T.
The gift was presented on the Port's birthday, June 24, and is available for viewing in the lobby of the Administration Building at 925 Harbor Plaza. Click here for the video archive.

Centennial Blog
Since 1954, the Port has recognized extraordinary contributions to the world of international trade with the Honorary Port Pilot Award. The first group of awardees included President Dwight Eisenhower, Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie, California Gov. Goodwin Knight and the secretaries of the Navy and Interior. To learn more interesting historical facts and contribute your own stories during the Port's 100th anniversary, visit the Port's Centennial blog at Click here to watch the video.

Centennial Book
Would you like to own a piece of Port history? You can now purchase "Port of Long Beach: Celebrating a Centennial" book online. It is a photographic celebration of the Port's first 100 years in a beautiful 190-page coffee table layout that reproduces nearly 200 memorable black-and-white photographs and dozens of inspired color images from the Port's vast collection of vintage photos and negatives. Click here to purchase.

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