Fire boat of Long BeachA Loss for the Port of Long Beach – The Port of Long Beach lost one of its most influential port directors when James H. McJunkin died this week. Since his appointment in 1963, Long Beach has become one of the U.S.’s premiere container ports. Mr. McJunkin was influential in the development of the Alameda Corridor, a 20-mile-long rail cargo expressway connecting the LA/Long Beach Ports to the transcontinental rail network in downtown Los Angeles.

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Clean Truck Program (CTP) Update – In 2006, the Clean Truck Program (CTP) was adopted by the Port of Los Angeles. This program enforces strict clean-air standards to reduce harmful emissions in and around the port. This year, the final part of the program was implemented by retiring about 13% of the port’s drayage fleet.

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Port of Shanghai Reaches Milestone – In 2011, Shanghai became the first port in the world to handle annual container traffic of 30 million TEUs. Since China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, Shanghai has gone from ranking fifth to first in total volume. Interesting factoid: The 30 million TEUs handled by Shanghai in 2011 amounted to the total 2001 activity of Hong Kong and Singapore combined.

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Afghanistan’s First Rail Line – In December 2011, Afghanistan sent a train down the tracks of its first major rail line. The project aims to increase trade through its rocky, northern border, running from Hairatan where the bulk of cargo enters the country, to the northern hub city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

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