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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
December 2011
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$17 Million for Rail Project

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Port $17 million to help fund a rail track improvement project. The Green Port Gateway project, due to begin construction in 2012, will lay 16,400 feet of new track to realign the rail network and relieve a chokepoint at the Ocean Boulevard overcrossing near the Long Beach (710) Freeway.
The $66 million project is expected to create 340 full-time jobs and eliminate nearly 2.3 million truck trips by 2035. Construction is expected to last about a year.
Read More: For the full news release, click here.
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Little Disruption from Protest

Shipping operations were unaffected December 12 when hundreds of demonstrators protested at the Pier J area. Long Beach police peacefully dispersed the crowd after protestors gathered outside the Harbor Scenic Drive entrance to Pacific Container Terminal operated by SSA Marine at Pier J. There were some traffic delays along Harbor Scenic as police blocked vehicle access in order to safely relocate protestors.
The protest was part of a larger, one-day effort by the "Occupy" movement to disrupt activity at West Coast seaports. At the Port of Long Beach, the protest ended by 10 a.m.

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Clean Trucks' Final Milestone

The cleanest drayage truck fleet in the country arrives at the Port on New Year's Day. The final milestone in a series of progressive bans under the Port's Clean Trucks Program takes effect January 1, barring the last of the older, more polluting trucks from entering terminals.
Only trucks with 2007 or newer model engines will be allowed in after the first of the year. As a result of the landmark program, the nation's busiest drayage fleet has become the nation's cleanest in a little more than three years. During that time, diesel pollution from trucks was cut by 90 percent. Read More: For the more information, click here.
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Cargo Volumes Down

The Port's container trade volume dropped 17.6 percent in November compared with the same period a year ago. The numbers appear to reflect a cautious outlook by retailers despite improved consumer confidence and a better-than-expected holiday shopping season. The decline in volume also is partly attributable to the departure of California United Terminals, which accounted for about a tenth of the Port's overall traffic in 2010. Imports were down 15.6 percent from November of last year, and exports fell 22.2 percent. Adjusted for CUT's departure, imports were down 2.9 percent, and exports were down by 12.2 percent.
Port terminals handled 459,881 twenty-foot equivalent container units last month, compared with 558,308 TEUs in November 2010. The drop represents the fifth straight month of decline in container traffic at the Port. Calendar-year-to-date, imports are down 3.3 percent and exports are down 3.1 percent compared to 2010 when the Port posted record gains.
Read the Data: For the latest TEU figures, click here. Tonnage summary reports are here.
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Tesoro Lease Approved

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners unanimously approved a 20-year lease with Tesoro Refining and Marketing Co. at its December 5 meeting. The new long-term lease, the second in recent months with a marine oil terminal operator, has numerous environmental and safety provisions that reflect major port and state reforms in recent years.
Tesoro is the most recent operator of the Pier B marine oil terminal, whose operations date back to 1966 when the Port entered a 40-year lease with the original operator, Texaco, Inc. Tesoro has been the operator since May 2007.
Learn More: For board agendas and minutes, click here.
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Proposed Grain Terminal Moves Forward

The Port has released a draft environmental impact report on a proposal to build a grain export terminal facility at Pier T on Terminal Island. Total Terminals International LCC has proposed to build a facility that would transfer grain from railcars into ocean shipping containers. The project would export 750,000 to 1.5 million tons of grain per year.
The public is invited to comment on the draft document. A public hearing to solicit comments will be held at 7 p.m. on January 11 at Long Beach City Hall Council Chambers. The deadline for written comments is 4:30 p.m. January 23.
Read More: For the full news release, click here.
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Greenhouse Gas Grants

With more than $5 million available for projects outside its boundaries, the Port is currently accepting applications for its Greenhouse Gas Reduction Mitigation Grant Program. The program invites government agencies, charities, nonprofit organizations and Port of Long Beach tenants to apply for funding for projects that will reduce, avoid or capture greenhouse gases. The Port will consider energy efficiency, transportation, renewable energy and landscaping projects. The minimum funding request is $2,000 per application. An organization may submit more than one request, but awards will be capped at $1 million per organization. Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. February 16.
Read More: For more information about the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Mitigation Grants, click here.
Watch: For a video about the program, click here.
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Port Seeks Clean Ship Technologies

The Port is seeking proposals from qualified vendors of technologies proven to significantly reduce exhaust emissions from ship engines. The Request for Proposals invites proposals for the in-use demonstration of land- or barge-based technologies that capture and treat exhaust to reduce emissions from marine auxiliary engines and boiler systems while vessels are "at-berth" at the Port.
The emission reduction systems sought for demonstration are intended as alternatives to "cold ironing" for ships not covered under the California Air Resources Board rules for docked vessels plugging into onshore electrical power. The deadline for proposals is 4 p.m. January 31.
Get Details: For the more information about the RFP, click here.
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Port Security Wins Award
The Port of Long Beach has won the 2011 GSN Homeland Security Award for the "Most Notable Maritime/Seaport Security Program." The Port received the award from Government Security News, a publication dedicated to homeland security and technology, during a November 14 ceremony in Washington, D.C. For more information, click here.

New Videos
The latest episode of the award winning video program "Pulse of the Port" spotlights the Port's $1 billion Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project and profiles two new Harbor Commissioners as well as new Executive Director Chris Lytle, among other features. You can find Pulse of the Port and other Port-related videos in the Port's YouTube Channel.

Centennial History
Since 1925, 64 people have served on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. For a video on the history of the five-member commission and the 60 men and four women who have guided the Port over the years, click here. Since 1954, the Port also has recognized extraordinary contributions to international trade with the Honorary Port Pilot Award. For a video on the history of the awards, click here.

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