Tuesday, November 17, 2015

POLB Wins Excellence Awards

By Mark Edward Nero

The Port of Long Beach won 22 awards for outstanding security, communications, and environmental programs during the annual American Association of Port Authorities in Miami earlier this month.
Among the awardees during the Nov. 2-4 event were:
  • “Virtual Port,” a program that allows the port’s security team to monitor the harbor with surveillance tools and shipping and transit data. It received the Best Information Technology Award.
  • The “West Anaheim Street Improvement Project” won the Best Environmental Improvement Award. The project, which beautified and modernized a heavily traveled corridor in the harbor district, was recognized for its sustainable design and practices, which included drought-resistant landscaping and low-energy lighting.
  • The port’s trade and summer community advertising campaigns won for best advertisements. Both campaigns incorporated the tagline “Better Together,” referring to the collaboration between the port and its stakeholders to improve the harbor by making it a safe and efficient place to do business.
  • Marketing videos, educational programs, and a Wi-Fi/recharging station at the Breakbulk Americas 2014 conference each won praise. In all, the port won 20 communications awards.

“These awards are a source of tremendous pride for the Port of Long Beach,” CEO Jon Slangerup said. “Being recognized not once, not twice, but 22 times by the North and South American port association is an exceptional salute from our peers.”

The AAPA represents 160 of the leading seaport authorities in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, and has over 300 sustaining and associate members.