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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
November 2011
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New Executive Director Lytle

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has confirmed J. Christopher Lytle, the Port's Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, to succeed Richard D. Steinke as the Port's new Executive Director.
A longtime shipping industry veteran, Lytle joined the Port in 2006 as a managing director. In March 2008, Lytle was promoted to the No. 2 post.
Steinke, who has been at the helm of the Port for 14 years, is retiring before the year's end. The Board unanimously supported Lytle's appointment at its November 14 meeting.
Watch: For the full news release, click here.
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Pier C Plugs In

The Port of Long Beach, Matson Navigation Co. and SSA Terminals, Inc., held a dockside ceremony Nov. 15 to dedicate the Port's newest shore power installation at Pier C. Shore power allows ships at berth to shut down their diesel engines and plug into electricity to reduce air pollution.
Matson and the Port committed to the $6.4 million project under a "green lease" negotiated in 2006.
Pier C is the fourth Port terminal to be equipped with shore power.
Read More: For the full news release, click here.

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The Port's container trade volume fell in October compared with the same period a year ago, reflecting the fourth straight month of decline.
A portion of the drop was attributable to the departure of California United Terminals, which represented roughly one tenth of the Port's overall container traffic.
Imports were down 20.8 percent from October of last year, and exports were down 21.4 percent. Port terminals handled 487,665 twenty-foot equivalent container units last month, compared with 613,621 TEUs in October 2010.
Overall, October container traffic was down 20.5 percent the largest percentage drop this year -- compared with the same period a year ago. Calendar-year-to-date, imports are down 2 percent and exports are down 1 percent.
Read the Data: For the latest TEU figures, click here. Tonnage summary reports are here.
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Clean Trucks' Final Ban

On January 1, 2012, the Port of Long Beach's Clean Trucks Program will reach its final milestone under a landmark clean air initiative to permanently bar older, more polluting drayage trucks from Port terminals.
The progressive ban first began on October 1, 2008. Today, rigs with newer, less polluting engines move 98 percent of containers handled by truck at the Port.
In a little more than 3 years, the Port, along with neighboring Port of Los Angeles, has succeeded in replacing the entire drayage fleet serving the largest port complex in North America with 11,000 new rigs that meet or exceed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's stringent 2007 pollution standards.
Learn More: For more information, click here.
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Women in International Trade

As part of its ongoing Centennial themed events, the Port recently honored women in international trade by recognizing industry pioneers for their contributions.
"A Centennial Celebration of Women in the International Trade and Goods Movement Industry" was held in October at the Long Beach offices of the Keesal, Young & Logan law firm. The event, also held to promote mentorship among aspiring professionals, drew more than 110 people, including 32 female students from local high schools.
Read More: For the full news release, click here.
Watch: For 'On the Go' video of the event, click here.
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Industry to Honor Steinke

Retiring Executive Director Richard D. Steinke will receive the Gary L. Gregory Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th Annual California Maritime Leadership Symposium in February.
The award honors strong commitment to California's maritime and transportation industry, and Steinke who served 14 years at the helm of one of the largest ports in the world, will become the second recipient of the award since its creation. The conference will be held in Sacramento, and CMLS also will recognize California State Senator Alan Lowenthal as its Honoree of Merit.
Learn More: For more information, click here.
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New "Pulse of the Port" Episode
The latest episode of award-winning video program "Pulse of the Port" features contributions of women in the shipping industry, the creation of a new community park in Long Beach, a Centennial walk down memory lane and a look at how the biggest cargo is moved through the Port. Click here to watch.

Centennial Moment
In 1961, the Port sent a five-man delegation on its first trade mission to Europe. Today, trade missions are common as the men and women of the Port do business in every corner of the globe. To learn more interesting historical facts and watch our Centennial Moment video series, visit

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