Port Commissioners Complete Trade Mission to Asia
Key Environmental Pacts Negotiated
June 20, 2007
In June the Port's Harbor Commissioners, together with Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, led a trade mission to Asia, where they visited eight cities and several of the world's largest seaports.
The trade mission led to several key accomplishments:
- In Shenzhen, China, Port of Long Beach officials and Port of Shenzhen terminal operator Yantian International Container Terminals (YICT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to exchange technical information on their best environmental policies and practices. With the first comprehensive ecological exchange agreement between major ports, YICT and the Port of Long Beach will collaborate on environmental issues such as marine wildlife, air quality, soils and sediments, water quality, sustainability and community engagement. Click here to read more.
- In Hong Kong, Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) announced that the company is donating its rebates from the Green Flag program – estimated at more than $140,000 – to community groups in Long Beach. OOCL was recently honored by the Port with Green Flags and discounted dockage rates for improving air quality. Click here to read more.
- In Tokyo, Mayor Foster announced after meetings with "K"-Line, a large Japanese ocean carrier, that the company has nearly completed the retrofits of five vessels – including the "Long Beach Bridge" – in order to plug into shore-side electricity at the Port of Long Beach and improve air quality. Click here to read more.