San Pedro Bay Ports Cargo Movement Aims For ‘Zero Emissions’

Harbor Commissions Plan New Technologies For Trucks, Equipment And Railroads

by Sean Belk, Staff Writer

The Long Beach and Los Angeles harbor commissions held a joint meeting July 7 to discuss implementing, developing and building a “zero-emissions” container movement system at the San Pedro Bay Ports and surrounding areas.

Through new and innovative technologies that have been planned for the last five years, the ports presented a “roadmap” for implementing a system that moves cargo efficiently while burning virtually no fossil fuels and having no tailpipe emissions

The goal of zero emissions is to further reduce emissions and health risk in the air basin and nearby communities. The ports have so far pioneered a Green Port Policy and Clean Air Action Plan, which have helped reduced pollution dramatically over the past decade, according to port staff.

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News In Brief

by Sean Belk, Staff Writer

• The Los Angeles Harbor Commission adopted its fiscal year 2011-2012 budget of approximately $967.6 million for the Port of Los Angeles, with a 7.4 percent or $67 million increase from the current fiscal year adopted budget effective from July 1. The increase was due to higher total receipts from both operations and grant activities, which allowed for a rise in appropriations of operations and capital projects.

• The deadline for submitting abstracts for the 4th METRANS National Urban Freight Conference (to be held October 12-14 at the Hyatt Regency) has been extended to June 14. Each abstract is limited to 500 words and must include: a statement of research; methodology and data; and a brief summary of results and conclusions. For more information, visit http://www.metrans.org or call 562/985-2876.

City Hall News

• Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews and New Life Beginnings are holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m., June 18, for the Treasure Hunt Thriftque at 1178 E. Anaheim St. Among its many involvements, the New Life organization assists “crisis stricken pregnant or homeless women to get back on their feet.”

News In Brief

by Sean Belk, Staff Writer

• The Center for International Trade & Transportation (CITT) of California State University, Long Beach is presenting a webinar series as a follow up to a Point/Counterpoint forum on the Panama Canal expansion presented last year. The next webinars include: “Is Southern California Competitive,” on June 3 with speaker Fram Inman, of Majestic Realty Co. and the California Transportation Commission; and “Challenges Ahead” on June 17 with speakers John McLaurin, president of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, and Richard Steinke, executive director of the Port of Long Beach. To register for free, visit www.livestream.com/cittnet.

• Fitch Ratings has affirmed a “AA” rating with outlook “stable” for the Port of Long Beach, which has approximately $735 million in outstanding harbor revenue bonds and harbor revenue refunding bonds issued by the City of Long Beach. The rating was based on resilience of throughput and shipping related revenues during changing economic periods.

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TireCore International Leads Tire Reuse Industry From Long Beach Hub

by Tiffany Rider, Staff Writer

After a year in Long Beach, TireCore International, LTD., has expanded its footprint in the tire casing business, continuing its mission to legitimize the used tire for the reuse industry in North America.

TireCore began in 2005 when Garry Drisdelle, owner and CEO, was granted a special trade visa to start a business in the U.S., based on a business he started in Canada 17 years ago called Total Casing Services. That business aimed to stimulate trade between his native country and the U.S.

TireCore moved a year ago from a small, outdoor facility in Huntington Beach into a large, state-of-the-art, climate-controlled building at the California State University, Long Beach Technology Center Park, located within Long Beach’s Enterprise Zone.

The location is near the San Pedro Bay Ports, with access to shipping and rail lines.

“Long Beach is a real transportation hub,” Drisdelle says. “It’s been a center of our business. We have a lot of customers in the area.”

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City’s ‘Business Friendliness’ Keeps Customs Brokerage Firm In Long Beach

by Tiffany Rider, Staff Writer

The head of a national customs brokerage firm said the company has made Long Beach its home for the past 15 years in part because of the city and port’s business friendliness and its proximity to U.S. Customs and Border Protection service, freight cashiers and terminal operators.

Troy Clarke, president of CBT International, Inc., operates an office of eight employees, including two other licensed brokers, in the International City Bank building at 249 E. Ocean Blvd. Although Clarke says there was an exodus of brokers from Long Beach 20 years ago (due to better office rates in the South Bay and closer to LAX, while freight cashiers were leaving the state because of union issues), he chose to stay because of the frequent interactions with the freight cashiers, customs office and local facilities to get merchandise released.

“It’s really important for me to be down here,” Clarke says. “I moved from Wilmington on Anaheim Street to Long Beach because it was a friendlier business environment. . . . It’s an international city and it recognizes itself as that. . . . It’s business friendly because of the attitude and the culture of the politicians in Long Beach.”

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