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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
October 2011
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Steinke Recognized

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, civic and community leaders, and maritime industry professionals publicly recognized retiring Port Executive Director Richard D. Steinke during the Board's October 24 meeting.
Watch: For webcast of the October 24 Board Meeting, click here.
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Pier S Project Update

The opportunity for the public to comment on the Port's proposal to develop a state-of-the-art, $650 million container shipping terminal on Terminal Island has been extended until December 12. The proposed Pier S development is on a vacant 160-acre parcel that would utilize the latest technology and practices for reducing air pollution from cargo operations and be a model for sustainable goods movement. The project would generate up to 40,000 jobs in the region at full operation.
Read More: For the full press release, click here. For more information on the project, click here.

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September Cargo Volumes

The Port's container trade volume dipped in September compared with the same period a year ago, reflecting a weak peak season for 2011 and the departure of a Port tenant in 2010. Imports were down 8.9 percent from September of last year, and exports were down 4.7 percent.
Excluding California United Terminals, which vacated one of the Port's seven container terminals last year, imports were up 4.3 percent and exports were up 7.3 percent compared to September 2010 in the remaining terminals.
Overall, Port terminals handled 527,175 twenty-foot equivalent container units last month, compared with 574,790 TEUs in September 2010, an 8.3 percent decrease. Excluding CUT, overall container volume for September was up 3.2 percent compared to last year.
Calendar-year-to-date, imports are up 0.4 percent and exports are up 1.8 percent.
Read the Data: For the latest TEU figures, click here. Tonnage summary reports are here.
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Dredging Milestone

Dredging of the Main Channel and a key turning basin for ships in the Port has been completed, marking a major milestone in an ongoing $40 million project by the Port and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to improve navigation and the environment in the harbor.
The project has provided a minimum depth of 76 feet (23.2 meters) from two miles outside the harbor entrance at Queens Gate all the way into the Middle Harbor and East Basin serving the crude oil terminal on Pier T, improving access for oil tankers and creating one of the deepest harbors among U.S. seaports. The deeper, wider channel and basin also provide additional, safer access for the world's largest container ships to call in Long Beach.
Read More: For the full press release, click here.
Learn More: For a full-size map, click here.
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Construction Material Terminal

The Port is seeking public input on a proposal by Eagle Rock Aggregates, Inc., to construct and operate a sand, gravel and granite aggregate import terminal on privately owned land in the Harbor District. A public "scoping meeting" will be held November 2 at Long Beach City Hall. The proposed terminal would receive, stockpile and distribute materials for construction projects throughout Southern California. The project is subject to environmental review. To initiate that process, the Port released a Notice of Preparation on October 13. The purpose is to gather input that will be used to prepare a draft environmental impact report/environmental impact statement (EIR/EIS). Public comment during this preliminary phase will remain open until November 16.
Read More: For the full press release, click here.
Learn More: For the Notice of Preparation, click here.
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Santa Fe Avenue Temporary Closure

The Santa Fe Avenue is scheduled for closure to through traffic at West Anaheim Street for approximately six weeks, beginning October 24. The closure is due to ongoing roadwork to improve the busy Santa Fe/West Anaheim intersection in West Long Beach. Electronic message boards alerting approaching motorists have been posted. West Anaheim will not be closed, but delays are expected. For alternate routes, motorists can use north-south streets such as Canal and Jackson avenues south of West Anaheim; and Canal, Cota and Hayes avenues north of West Anaheim.
Read More: For project updates, click here.
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1 in 8 Jobs

The Port of Long Beach has launched a public awareness campaign to highlight the contributions of port-related economic activity on jobs in the city. In Long Beach alone, trade directly attributable to cargo moving through the Port supports one in eight jobs. The most visible parts of the campaign are rolling out, literally, on city streets: advertisements that fully cover Long Beach Transit buses. 
Learn More: For campaign website, click here.
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Baker Street Mini-Park
Representatives from Long Beach Container Terminal and the Port of Long Beach were on hand to break ground on the new 1.25-acre Baker Street Mini Park in Long Beach's Wrigley Heights, which received $100,000 from LBCT. To watch video, click here.

Centennial Blog
From the mid-1950s to the late 1980s, the cadre of official Port representatives included Miss Port of Long Beach. More than a titleholder, Miss Port attended functions throughout the harbor and the community, including events at the Queen Mary and the then-Spruce Goose hangar. One former Miss Port, Debbie Haines Seccombe, who now lives in the state of Washington, recently shared her memories. To learn more 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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