News In Brief

by Sean Belk, Staff Writer

• Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Mario Cordero has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a member of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). Cordero, who has served on the Long Beach Harbor Commission since 2003, was first recommended for appointment by President Barack Obama last year and confirmed by the senate on April 14. Cordero is expected to be sworn into his new position in Washington, D.C., in the next several weeks. The independent federal agency is responsible for “regulating the nation’s international ocean transportation for the benefit of exporters, importers and the American consumer,” according to the FMC. Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster is expected to recommend soon to the city council a replacement for Cordero on the five-member harbor commission.

• The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association is hosting a luncheon, featuring Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as the guest speaker, on May 11 at 11:30 a.m., at the Simon’s Water Front Banquet Center, 1050 Nagoya Way, at Ports O’Call in San Pedro. Reservations for the luncheon may be made by contacting Laura Williams at 415/352-0710 or lwilliams@pmsaship.com. Cost for lunch is $35 for PMSA members and $45 for non-members.

• The Port of Long Beach has awarded a total of $5 million in grants to fund 10 projects to improve the lung and heart health of people living in port-affected areas. Recipients in order of grant funding include: St. Mary Medical Center; The Children’s Clinic; City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services; Long Beach Comprehensive Health Center; Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America; Long Beach Alliance for Children with Asthma; BREATHE California of Los Angeles County; Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach; Cambodian Association of America; and Westside Neighborhood Clinic. For more information, visit http://www.polb.com/healthgrants.

• Grand China Shipping has been announced as the newest partner at the Port of Long Beach and is expected to make its first call at Total Terminals International’s Pier T shipping facility, today, April 26. The inaugural call of the vessel “Red Strength” kicks of a weekly service that is expected to import roughly 140,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) by the end of this year, moving through the carrier’s Super Pacific Express, known as SPX. Last year, the port moved a total of more than 6 million TEUs.

•  The California Air Resources Board announced it has fined three Europe-based shipping companies a total of $161,000 for failing to switch engines on their cargo vessels from dirty “bunker” fuel to cleaner, low-sulfur fuel upon entering regulated California waters. The regulation requires ships use cleaner fuel within 24 nautical miles of state shores. Two of the vessels cited call at the Port of Long Beach.

•  The Port of Long Beach honored 13 top ocean carriers for the Green Flag Awards for environmental achievement. The port awarded $2.5 million in dockage fee discounts to carriers that participate in the vessel speed reduction program, where ships slow down within a 20 nautical mile zone near the port. The program has helped reduce diesel emission levels from ships by nearly 50 percent since it began six years ago, according to the port.

• At the Pacific Maritime Association’s 62nd Annual Safety Awards Banquets held at various locations on the U.S. West Coast, Ports America was honored with numerous awards for its achievements in workplace safety in 2010, including the 1st Place Coast Award and 1st Place Local Area Award Group A Stevedore for its Los Angeles/Long Beach operations and Coast Zero Incident Rate Award for its San Diego operation. Ports America set a record in its Group A Stevedore category with 11 first-place Coast Awards in the past 13 years and an unprecedented 13 of the past 16 years.

•  Charles Tillotson has been appointed director of business development for Metro Ports, a holding of Nautilus International Holding Corp. Tillotson has 28 years of logistical experience. Metro Ports is a marine terminal operator and stevedore contractor.

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