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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
August 2011
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New Commissioners Join Board

Rich Dines and Doug Drummond were sworn in and seated as the newest members of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday, August 8.
Dines and Drummond succeeded former Commissioners Mario Cordero and Dr. Mike Walter.
Dines, left in the photo, is a longshoreman at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Drummond is a former Long Beach City Councilman, Vice Mayor and Police Department Commander. Dines and Drummond are the 63rd and 64th commissioners to serve the Port of Long Beach since the current five-member commission structure was formed in 1925.
Read more: For full news release, click here. To visit the Board of Harbor Commissioners' webpage, click here. For bio of Commissioner Rich Dines, click here. For bio of Commissioner Doug Drummond, click here.
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Diesel Pollution Down 70 Percent

The Port's clean-air efforts have achieved dramatic across-the-board reductions in air pollution, including a 72 percent decline in diesel particulates, according to the latest comprehensive report.
The study showed that from 2005 to 2010, all of the key air pollutants from port-related sources were reduced. In addition to diesel particulates, sulfur oxides were cut by 73 percent, smog-forming nitrogen oxides were down 46 percent and greenhouse gases were reduced by 18 percent. Each year the Port of Long Beach compiles an Emissions Inventory that calculates the amount of pollution coming from all of the ships, trucks, locomotives, harbor craft and yard equipment working at the Port.
Read More: For full news release, click here. For the full Emissions Inventory report, click here.
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Steinke to be Honored

Port Executive Director Richard D. Steinke has been selected to receive the prestigious Connie Award by the Containerization & Intermodal Institute.
The award recognizes those who have had a significant influence on containerization in world trade and transportation. The industry-wide dinner event honoring Steinke will be Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Renaissance Hotel in Long Beach.
Read More: For more information and invitation form, click here.
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Steps to Purchase WTC

The Port has entered an agreement to purchase the 27-story One World Trade Center building in downtown Long Beach as a new administrative office, which would replace the Port's aging, 52-year-old headquarters.
The Board of Harbor Commissioners voted August 29 to approve a purchase and sale agreement, and authorize Executive Director Richard D. Steinke to execute a 60-day due-diligence agreement. As part of the due-diligence process, the Port will conduct thorough physical inspections of the building and review all associated documents, including existing leases.
Read More: For the full news release, click here.
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New Lease for Toyota

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on August 29 gave the go ahead to a $240 million, 20-year lease renewal with Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., keeping a major hub for one of the world's largest automakers right here in Southern California.
The new lease, which contains several environmental initiatives, would keep Toyota at its Pier B facilities until the end of 2028. Toyota occupies about 144 acres in the northern portion of the Port near Pier B Street where it receives between 200,000 and 300,000 Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles imported from Japan each year.
The new lease calls for yearly rent of about $10 million and requires Toyota to take measures that will decrease air pollution related to its operations, including the use of cleaner fuel by its car carrying vessels and cleaner trucks.
Read More: For the full news release, click here.
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Cargo Dips Slightly in July

Shipping terminals at the Port experienced a small drop in container volume in July, down 2.5 percent from the same month a year ago. Imports were down by 1.2 percent, while exports were basically flat, with a 0.6 percent increase. Empty containers shipped overseas were down 7.3 percent.
Port terminals handled a total of 572,926 twenty-foot equivalent container units last month, compared to 581,881 TEUs in July 2010.
Import containers accounted for 290,314 TEUs, compared to 293,878 TEUs in the same period last year. Export containers hit 126,968 TEUs, compared to 126,117 TEUs in July 2010. Empty containers accounted for 155,644 TEUs. Most empty containers are bound overseas.
Calendar year to date, overall container moves at the Port are up 4.7 percent. Imports are up 4.7 percent, and exports are up 3.5 percent.
Read More: For the latest TEU figures, click here. Tonnage summary reports are here.
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Infrastructure Fee Postponed

The Port has again postponed a cargo fee that was scheduled to start on the first of the year. The Infrastructure Cargo Fee was designed to fund transportation projects in the harbor area. Its implementation has been postponed twice before; it is now scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2014.
The fee amount was calculated at $6 per twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU).
The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles established the fee at a joint meeting in January 2008 to generate funds to help finance several major transportation improvements in the harbor, including bridges, rail projects and freeway connectors.
The uncertain economy and the challenges faced by the shipping industry were cited as two of the reasons for the postponement during the August 8 Board of Harbor Commissioners meeting.
Learn More: For the agenda item or to view the archived webcast of the August 8, 2011 Board of Harbor Commissioners meeting, click here.
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Report on Zero Emissions

The Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles have released a report that establishes a framework for future identification, development and testing of non-polluting technologies for moving cargo.
The "Roadmap for Moving Forward with Zero Emissions Technologies at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles – Technical Report" is a system for evaluating various methods of cargo transportation that produce no air pollution.
Read More: For the full news release, click here. To download the report, click here.
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ISC Fundraiser
The 2011 Maritime Industry Salute dinner and 11th Annual Boat Races of San Pedro Bay fundraising event benefiting the International Seafarers Center of Long Beach-Los Angeles will be held aboard the RMS Queen Mary, Thursday, September 8, 2011, and will honor and celebrate the Port of Long Beach's 100th Anniversary. Tax-exempt tickets and sponsorship tables are still available. Call the Propeller Club office at (818) 951-2842 for details.

Charity Golf Tournament
A golf tournament organized by the Port raised more than $100,000 for Japan relief and recovery efforts. The tournament, played Monday, July 25, at the Virginia Country Club in Long Beach, was part of the Port's year-long Centennial Celebration.

Centennial Blog
The Badger Avenue Bridge, later the Henry Ford Bridge, looks mighty lonesome in this photo from the 1920s. In addition to the Gerald Desmond Bridge on the east side of Terminal Island and the Vincent Thomas Bridge to the west, two spans connect the north side of the island to the mainland. To learn which ones and to find more interesting historical facts and contribute your own stories during the Port's 100th Anniversary, visit the Port's Centennial blog at www.polb.com/blog.

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