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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
January 2012
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OOCL to Sign $4.6 Billion Lease

The Port has reached a tentative agreement with Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) on a $4.6 billion, 40-year lease for the Middle Harbor property. The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners preliminarily approved the landmark deal -- the largest of its kind for any U.S. seaport -- at its Jan. 23 meeting.
The deal secures a tenant for the Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project, which combines Piers E and F into a single, state-of-the-art facility that will be the most technologically advanced and greenest marine container terminal in the world. OOCL affiliate Long Beach Container Terminal will run the facility. Operations at the new 300-acre terminal are projected to generate more than 14,000 new, permanent jobs throughout Southern California by 2020.
Read More: For the full news release, click here. For more information on the Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project, click here.
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Lytle Delivers His Inaugural State of the Port Address

In his first State of the Port Address, new Executive Director J. Christopher Lytle announced the pending 40-year lease with OOCL and reported on other activity that shows the Port is becoming a healthier, more dynamic and more efficient place to do business each day.
Other major projects all of which incorporate the most advanced technology and greenest environmental practices -- include the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement project, the proposed development of Pier S and shore power electricity.
"Our goal is to be the Port of Choice by building the Port of the Future," Lytle said. As the Port enters its second century in business, it is in great shape, with a $4 billion capital improvement program, a continued AA bond rating, an overall 72 percent reduction in pollution from Port-related sources over the past five years, and ongoing initiatives to build on that progress, Lytle reported.
About 600 people attended the Jan. 19 address at the Long Beach Convention Center.
Learn More: To download Lytle's remarks or watch a webcast of his speech, click here.
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More Cargo Expected in 2012, 2011 Flat

Cargo volumes are expected to grow in 2012 after remaining relatively flat in 2011. In his State of the Port Address, Port Executive Director J. Christopher Lytle said projections indicate container trade is expected to climb to 6.3 million twenty-foot equivalent containers in 2012, up from 6.1 million in 2011 an increase of more than 3 percent.
In 2011, the Port's container trade volume fell 3.2 percent compared with 2010. Imports were down 3.3 percent and exports declined 3.6 percent compared with the previous year. California United Terminals, which vacated one of the Port's seven container terminals in late 2010, accounted for roughly a tenth of the Port's overall container traffic. Adjusting for CUT's departure, the remaining six container terminals saw a gain in container volume of 8.1 percent in 2011. For the month of December, Port terminals handled 509,944 TEUs, compared with 523,311 TEUs in December 2010 -- a drop of 2.6 percent.
Read the Data: For the latest TEU figures, click here. Tonnage summary reports are here.
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Port Welcomes First Zero-Emissions Truck

The world's first zero-emissions drayage truck is now in service at the Port. Nicknamed "TYRANO," the hydrogen fuel cell electric hybrid drive Class "8" truck has been deployed by Total Transportation Services, Inc. (TTSI), as part of a demonstration project to test the heavy-duty rig. It manufactured by Vision Motors Corp and the Port is helping fund the demonstration project through the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan Technology Advancement Program (TAP).
Watch: For a video on the truck, click here.
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Green Flag Program Extended

Reduced dockage rates will be available in 2013 for vessel operators with a participation rate of 90 percent or above in the Port's voluntary Green Flag Program.
The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners voted Jan. 9 to extend the incentive for an additional year. Compliant vessel operators are eligible for the Green Flag, the Port's environmental achievement award to operators whose ships reduce harmful emissions by slowing down as they approach and leave the Port. In 2010, close to 96 percent of all ships docking at the Port slowed down to the speed limit of 12 knots within the 20 nautical mile radius, and 74 percent within the 40 nautical mile radius. Slower ships burn less diesel, therefore producing less pollution.
Learn More: For information about the Port's vessel pollution reduction programs, click here.
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Greenhouse Gas Reduction Grants Available

Local nonprofit groups, government agencies and Port of Long Beach tenants have until 4 p.m. Feb. 16 to apply for some of the $5 million in funds offered by the Port's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Grant Program. Eligible projects include renewable power, energy efficiency, clean transportation, tree-planting and other landscaping.
Get Details: Applications and guidelines are available here
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Port Road Projects Completed

The Port has completed two major street intersection-reconstruction projects in the Harbor District to improve the flow of both Port-related and commuter traffic. The intersection of West Anaheim Street and Santa Fe Avenue in West Long Beach now has new pavement with long-lasting concrete to guard against road damage and repair-related delays. Also, the Port recently completed repaving the intersection of Harbor Scenic Drive and Harbor Plaza, which provides critical access to Piers G and J and also the Queen Mary and other hospitality and tourism activity on Pier H.
Read More: For the full news release, click here.
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Port Security Official Awarded Bronze Star
U.S. Navy Commander Steve Ruggiero, the Port's Assistant Director of Security, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in Afghanistan. Navy Rear Admiral Michael Shatynski presented the commendation during a formal ceremony at the January 23 meeting of the Port's Board of Harbor Commissioners. For the full news release, click here.
To watch the January 23 webcast of the Board of Harbor Commissioners meeting, click here.

New Videos
The latest episode of the award-winning video program "Pulse of the Port" spotlights the Clean Trucks Program, an emergency response to a major train derailment, the building of a billion-dollar shipping terminal and more. Check out "Pulse of the Port" and other Port-related videos at the Port's YouTube Channel.

Port Scholarships for High School Seniors
Applications are being accepted for the 2012 Port of Long Beach Scholarships for high school seniors. The annual awards are for seniors who plan to pursue careers in international trade, goods movement or other port-related industries. Scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $8,000. The deadline is March 2. For more information, click here.

Port at Martin luther King, Jr. Parade
The Port participated in the 24th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace and Unity Parade and Celebration in Long Beach's 6th District on Jan. 14. Watch the video here.

Former Port Chief Executive Dies
James H. McJunkin, who served as the Port's General Manager from 1977 to 1988, died Jan. 2. Under McJunkin's leadership, the Port of Long Beach became one of the largest seaports in the world and the nation's second busiest container port. For news release, click here.

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