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Panama Canal Partnership with Long Beach

Port of Long Beach Executive Director Richard D. Steinke, ACP Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta and Port of Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Mario Cordero sign MOU. Photo courtesy Panama Canal Authority

Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta and Port of Long Beach (POLB) Executive Director Richard D. Steinke signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Panama aimed at generating new business and economic growth and promoting international trade between Long Beach and the East Coast of Latin America via the Panama Canal. Both parties asserted their commitment to mutual cooperation at the official ceremony, which took place at the ACP’s Administration Building. The MOU is renewable after two years and will allow for technological and data interchange between the two parties, as well as opportunities for joint marketing activities and modernization efforts. For example, the two entities may work to promote best practices in the areas of engineering, dredging or the environment, with an emphasis on programs that help reduce CO2 emissions. Collaborative efforts could also include joint advertising or opportunities in training to encourage economic growth. “The ACP looks forward to entering into this partnership with the Port of Long Beach,” said Mr. Alemán Zubieta. “This MOU is the first of its kind between the ACP and a U.S. West Coast port and will allow both entities to strengthen trade flows throughout the region. We, at the ACP, continuously seek new and innovative ways to serve the ever-changing needs of global trade


Port Funds Shine on Rescue Mission

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Savings from solar panels will feed thousands of homeless As part of a Community Mitigation Grants Program, the Port of Long Beach has awarded the Long Beach Rescue Mission a $176,045 grant to install solar photovoltaic panels for electricity generation at their 1335 Pacific Ave. facility. The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the grant at its March 31 regular meeting. The community grants program


Quiet March Sees Cargo Slow in Long Beach

Photo courtesy the Port of Long Beach

Harsh winter elsewhere, ship deployment changes soften traffic Container volumes at the Port of Long Beach dipped in March, compared to the same month one year ago, with a decline of 1.9 percent overall and imports essentially flat. March saw some shipping lines suspend services or switch to the nearby Port of Los Angeles. The prolonged and harsh winter in the Midwest and East Coast also affected cargo numbers, as residents outside of places like the sunny Southwest were hampered in


POLB Commissioners Elect Thomas Fields President

Thoman Fields: Photo credit Port of Long Beach Commissioners

The Long Beach advertising executive & former city planning commissioner, will lead the commission for a 1-year term from 1, July 2013. Thomas Fields will succeed Commissioner Susan E. Anderson Wise, who has served two years as President. The Board President serves as chair of the commission, running board meetings and often representing the Port to the public and shipping industry. “I look forward to serving as Board President; this is an exciting time for the Port as we look


California Port Container Volumes: One Up, One Down

Port of Long Beach from the Air: Photo credit Port of Long Beach

Port of Long Beach report surge in January container volumes, while those at Port of Los Angeles were slightly down. Up – Port of Long Beach Cargo volumes at the Port of Long Beach surged in January with 17.5 percent more containers overall ? including a 19.5 percent jump in imports and an 8.2 percent rise in exports compared to the same month one year ago. Port terminals in January moved 536,263 TEUs (or twenty-foot equivalent container units)


POLB Appoint Al Moro Interim Executive Director

Al Moro: Photo credit Port of Long Beach Commissioners

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners appoint chief harbor engineer Al Moro as the Port of Long Beach’s interim executive director. Moro, who joined the Port in 1997 as a civil engineer, currently oversees all administrative and technical activities for the Port’s engineering programs, including nearly $4 billion in capital improvement projects. “The Board is extremely pleased that we have unanimously selected Al Moro as our interim executive director


Port of Long Beach Awards Bridge Contract

Bridge Photo credit Port of Long Beach

Harbor Commission awards bridge design-build contract, final engineering to start, construction begins 2013 The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a $649.5 million contract with a joint venture team headed by Shimmick Construction Co. Inc., FCC Construction S.A. and Impregilo S.p.A. (SFI) for the design and construction of a replacement for the Port of Long Beach’s obsolete and deteriorating Gerald Desmond Bridge.


Foss' Retrofitted Hybrid Tug to be on Display

Campbell Foss

Foss' Retrofitted Hybrid Tug to be on Display Tuesday, September 20 at Company's Rainier, Ore., Shipyard.      Hybrid technology already proving itself, says port environmental planner       Who: Foss' second hybrid tug, the retrofitted Campbell Foss, will be open to the media for the first time. What:     The Campbell Foss is sister to the Carolyn Dorothy


Moose Boats Delivers Two Patrol Vessels

photo: Moose Boats

Moose Boats, an aluminum boat designer and manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area announced the delivery of two patrol boats in late 2013. M1-44’ Patrol Boat delivered to Bridgeport Police Department in Connecticut Moose Boats delivered a new M1-44 Catamaran Patrol Boat to Bridgeport Police Department on Long Island Sound. The M1-44 all-aluminum catamaran is powered by twin Cummins QSC8.3 600hp marine turbo diesel engines coupled via TwinDisc MG5075SC transmissions to twin


Carnival Repositions Elation and Carnival Pride

Carnival Cruise Lines today announced that the 2,052-passenger Elation will launch the line's first seven-day cruise program from Galveston, Texas, and the 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride will operate week-long Mexican Riviera sailings from the Port of Long Beach/Los Angeles beginning in fall 2003. The 70,000-ton Elation, currently based in Los Angeles, will begin service from Galveston Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003. The 88,500-ton Carnival Pride, currently homeported in Port Canaveral, Fla


POLB’s First Woman Commissioner Dies at 93

Louise M. DuVall (Courtesy POLB)

Louise M. DuVall, the first woman to serve on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, died Saturday, April 19. She was 93. She was appointed to two terms on the Harbor Commission, serving from Feb. 6, 1979, to July 18, 1990. She advocated for women to rise in the legal profession and the


Long Beach Dismisses Proposed Los Angeles Merger

West coast rival: Long Beach is opposed to the merger with its long-time rival. Photo: Paul Ottaviano

A proposal by the LA 2020 Commission to merge the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach – the two busiest container ports in the US – has been slated by Long Beach leaders for being “condescending and disrespectful”.  


New Response Partner at Port of Long Beach

T&T Salvage, LLC announced the signing of a consent agreement with the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD). This agreement permits T&T to include the LBFD's extensive marine firefighting resources in its emergency response network. T&T's network


Port of Long Beach Hosts Situational Awareness Exercise

Sen. Mary L. Landrieu: Official photo

Public, military and private sector leaders met to discuss how the Port of Long Beach (PoLB) model of a surface and subsurface situational awareness network can be a template for other ports to help increase America's resilience during the first 72 hours of a national or large-scale crisis


Long Beach Cargo Import Dips in February

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Import volume was down 2.7 percent, while exports were up 2.1 percent at the Port of Long Beach in February, compared to the same month last year. Overall cargo volume dipped 2.6 percent due to an 8.3 percent decline in empty containers. A total of 517


Electric Rates Reduced at Port of Long Beach

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Reduced electric rates help the port improve air quality; discounts will save tenants $350 million, keep port competitive   The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved reduced electric rates at the Port of Long Beach for the next 24 years and a program for Southern California


OW Bunker Expands North America Distribution

OW Bunker, a physical distributors and resellers of marine fuel, announced the launch of physical distribution operations in Los Angeles and Long Beach, further expanding its presence in North America. The move comes less than 18 months after launching a physical offering offshore in the Gulf of


US Coast Guard Declares PO Travis Connick 'Coxwain of the Year'

Coxwain of the Year Award: Photo credit USCG

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Travis Connick received the award in a ceremony at Sector Corpus Christi, honoring him for his interception of a Mexican boat crew involved in the fatal wounding of a colleague in the service. Background to the incident


Today in U.S. Naval History: March 10

Today in U.S. Naval History - March 10 1783 - USS Alliance (Capt. John Barry) defeats HMS Sybil in final naval action of Revolution in West Indies waters 1933 - Pacific Fleet provides assistance after earthquake at Long Beach, Calif.


Two Saved in Multiagency Search

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reported that a multiagency response lead to the rescue of two men after their boat capsized outside Marina Del Rey Harbor, Feb. 17, 2014. Search and rescue watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach received two reports of red distress flares near


Tomley to Oversee Long Beach Green Port Programs

Heather A. Tomley

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners this week appointed Heather A. Tomley as the new Director of Environmental Planning. She will be charged with leading Green Port environmental initiatives. Tomley has been serving as the City of Long Beach Harbor Department’s Acting Director of


Port to Test New Clean-air System

Photo: Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach will fund testing of a new air pollution-control technology for docked cargo ships, thanks to an agreement approved Monday by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. Under the pact, the Port would rely upon regional air quality authorities to oversee a demonstration


EnSolve Launches Scrubber Water Treatment System

EnSolve Biosystems announced today that it has developed a new product called EnScrub which treats particulates and petroleum hydrocarbons from the effluent of shipboard sulfur oxides (SOx) scrubber systems. This patent-pending technology, partially funded by a Phase II National Science Foundation


California Leaders to Convene for Maritime Conference

Photo: The Port of Los Angeles

The 14th Annual California Maritime Leadership Symposium, slated to take place February 19-20 at the Sacramento Convention Center, attracts key members from California’s State Legislature and representatives from California’s ports and the maritime industry


Green Shore Power Connection for 11 Hanjin Ships

Copyright Hanjin

L-3 SAM Electronics announced today that 11 Hanjin Shipping container vessels calling at the U.S. West Coast ports of Long Beach and Oakland, Calif., are to be fitted with its SAMCon high-voltage onshore power connection facilities. SANIL Electric Co., Ltd


 
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