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Tie Lines
  March 2012
 

Big ship arrives

The Port recently welcomed the largest container ship ever to call on North America. The MSC Fabiola is capable of carrying more than 12,500 container units, and it is the first in a line of larger ships expected to be deployed in the Pacific.

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2012 Peak Season

Hundreds of supply chain and logistics professionals attended the annual "Pulse of the Ports: Peak Season Forecast" hosted by the Port on March 28. The free event provided insights from top industry experts including Walter Kemmsies, Ph.D. (Chief Economist, Moffatt & Nichol), Daniel R. Wall (Senior Vice President, Ocean & Cargo Management Services, Expeditors), Peter Friedmann (Executive Director, The Agriculture Transportation Coalition), Erxin Yao (President, OOCL (USA) Inc.), Peter Peyton (Vice President, ILWU Local 63), Bruce Wargo (Secretary, West Coast Marine Terminal Operators Agreement), John Kaiser (Vice President & General Manager, Intermodal, Union Pacific Railroad) and Robert Curry, Sr. (President, California Cartage Company).

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Board Approves OOCL Lease

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on March 12 gave its final approval to the $4.6 billion, 40-year lease agreement with Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) for the new Middle Harbor terminal. The landmark deal – the largest of its kind in the U.S. – secures a tenant for the Middle Harbor, slated to be the most technologically advanced and greenest marine container terminal in the world. Signing ceremonies are planned for Hong Kong in April and Long Beach in May.

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Cargo Flow Study

The Port has approved funding for a cargo flow study designed to boost the region's supply chain competitiveness. The study, whose cost will be shared with the neighboring Port of Los Angeles, will evaluate turn times at terminal gates and recommend options for improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of moving cargo in and out of the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

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Seeking Clean Air Innovators

The Port is seeking nominations for the fifth annual San Pedro Bay Port Clean Air Action Plan Air Quality Awards, which will recognize the air pollution-fighting efforts of port-related businesses in the local area. The deadline for CAAP Award nominations is Friday, April 27, 2012, at 4 p.m. Nominations can be completed and submitted online at www.cleanairactionplan.org/about/awards.asp.

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Holidays Weigh Cargo Down

The Port's container trade volume fell 15.2 percent overall in February compared with the same period a year ago. Imports were down 18.1 percent, and exports dipped 1.6 percent. The drop in imports is partly attributable to the early Chinese New Year. Import volumes typically fall following the New Year as factories in Asia close for a week or more during the holidays. This year, the New Year fell on January 23.

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Harbor Plaza Lane Closures

A stretch of Harbor Plaza near the Port Administration Building is temporarily down to two lanes while crews replace an underground pipeline. The work is expected to last through June. The project stretches from Pico Avenue to about 300 feet before Harbor Scenic Drive. Access to the Administration Building remains open. The Harbor Plaza East off-ramp from Harbor Scenic Drive is closed.

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Port-Funded Mobile Clinic

St. Mary Medical Center will deliver health care to nearly 23,000 residents in the Long Beach area within the next 12 months, thanks to an $834,000 grant from the Port. The clinic will provide asthma outreach and respiratory diagnostic services to individuals of all ages in the communities nearest to the Port and its transportation corridors.

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"Straight Talk" Features Port Leaders

Board of Harbor Commissioners President Susan E. Anderson Wise and Port Executive Director J. Christopher Lytle were the featured guests on "Straight Talk" in early March. Host Art Levine talked to Wise and Lytle about Port operations, its $4.5 billion capital improvement program and its competitive challenges for the future.

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Job Impacts Video

Port development projects added about 3,000 jobs to the Southern California economy in 2011, and infrastructure projects currently or soon to be underway are expected to increase that number in 2012 and beyond.

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