Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California on January 4, 1959 · Page 75
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Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California · Page 75

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, January 4, 1959
Page 75
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SHIPYARDS ARE BUSY This aerial view of Los Angeles Harbor showing large ships of various types at shipyards for repair and conversion work. . |L A. Harbor Builds for More World Commerce (PARADE OF PROGRISS-M ;lnd*p*nd«nt-Preu-T*lMr«m ,, ««.,.!«.. t,HSt Four Major Conventions Here m '60 Four conventions tre for Long Beach in 1960 will each bring more than visitors to the city. The Stat wide Square Dance Festival Feb. 27 is expected to attract 5,600. The Folk Dance Federation of California, South, on May 28 will attract 5,000. American Baptist Assn., national convention in June 1960 will have over 6,000 visitor! and the International Conference of Alcoholics Anonymous on July 1, 1960 is slated to see 5,000 in attendance. * 1 HERE'S PART OF MODERN HARBOR S ^" gele ? » arb ^« h °^., th ? Torminal Isla " d d ° cks 3nd main channel in = °TM' w ?P6 T tt ^" d the . Wilmington district in the upper center and right. Last year, r Industri h t ? municipal port with the flags of 27 nations represented--(Pacific Big Growth The Long Beach Polio, partment has grown frori. men, including one mounted officer, in 1908, to a personnel of 509' today, headed by Follct Chief William H. Dovey. · The tide of progress at · Los Angeles Harbor con- · tinued to swell this past I year toward the great on| coming "wave of the fu- 1 ture," according to Bernard 1 J. Caughlin, the municipal 1 port's general manager. | lBi Although there was a 1 temporary ebb in com- 1 merce -- down 9.35 per cent Ho 21,689,027 tons -- gross revenues totaled $7,857,- 38D, less than 2 per cent below last year's record in: 'cbme. , " ^Before the end of the fiscal -year, there were signs that the precession had reached its low '·mark and that the flow of cargo would return to its steady prer!958 rise. To prepare for this increased tide of world trade, the Harbor Board and management initiated 1 several huge expansion projects. Foreign ship arrivals numbered 2,233, more than ever before recorded; but the 2,182 American-flag total was down 141 from 1956-57. The combined arrival figure was 4,415, compared to the previous year's 4,381. -j. · · · · ; AMONG 25 foreign nations whose ships called here, Japan led for the fourth consecutive year with 465 arrivals. Liberia- registered vessels were next, numbering 374; third-place Nor- .way had 308, and Great Brit- 'ain followed with 228. . . Comparison of arrival stalis- Jtics for the last two years {shows that Japan made the "greatest gain, with 96 more .this year. Fourteen of the' countries registered increases. There was a shifting of balance among the cargo tonnages. Jive of the top 10 imports- copra, bananas, molasses, pipes and tubing and automobiles- showed substantial increase; one-- steel wire^a slight gain .and two -- rubber (crude and latex) and veneer and plywood -- ,«ome decrease. Coffee and copra meal and cake replaced last year's newsprint arid hard wood on the list. * * * · AN EXAMPLE of what the visit of one ship to the mu nicipal wharves can mean in cash benefits to the community was furnished by a freighter which picked up a load of stee plate destined for Rotterdam The Harbor Department collected $16,129 for wharfage dockage, pilotage ,and crane rental; longshoremen receivec $16,000 in wages and the loca steel company which manufactured the 15,850 tons of plate rang up a $2,500,000 sale. The sale of bunker fuel and ships' stores brought the cash benefit derived by. the community from this one call to a :otal of $2,540,669, not including Vhat was spent by the crew while the ship was in port * · · * SHIPPING SERVICES offered by the Port of Los Angeles bring in more than half of its revenue, Caughlin said. This year dockage, wharfage, storage, demurrage, pilotage and assignment charges accounted for $4,500,674 of the $7,857,380 gross income. Other principal sources of income were: land rentals, $1,758,390; oil royalties, $960,794; ferry system, $271,791, and warehouses, $186,324. Construction of facilities and purchases of p r o p e r t y and equipment constituted the largest item on the expense side of the ledger-- $4,476,136. The net income at the end .of the fiscal year was $2,681,913, after deductions for depreciation. The equity of the citizens of Los Angeles in their harbor increased during the last 12 months from $100,011,863 to passenger - cargo terminal at Berths 90-93 for preferential assignment to APL. * * * · AN IMPORTANT community asset, the building of this huge facility will be financed entirely from Harbor revenues, with- but use of any tax money, as are all Port of Los Angeles . facilities. Down-channel, another Important addition is nearly completion in Outer Harbor. There, at the foot of Miner St. in Sai Pedro, an oil termiriiuV whic will accommodate the.- 'world's largest supertankers, is being built. A fairway, 500 feet wide and 47 feet deep, has been dredged from the breakwater entrance to the terminal site. Another project, well advanced, is the building of a 20-acre wharf and shed at Berths 143-144 in West Basin. This cargo terminal will cost five million dollars. Among the numerous other smaller developments was the mprovement of a special area to receive the vast influx of foreign automobiles. In one recent month alone, over 5,000 European cars were unloaded at the new facility, according to the operator, Pacific Auto Terminals, Inc. · ' · * · "AS LOS ANGELES Harr bor trade ties with all parts of the world increase and grows ever stronger, the scope of our j planning and the scale of our j accomplishments must push beyond the dimensions of the past and present," Lloyd A. Menveg, president of the Board of Harbor Commissioners,' declared. "More and better facilities must be built if our port is to 1 retain its 35-vear load in raran $104,247,330. | tonnage on the Pacific Coast. Several developments during Los Angeles Harbor achieved the year indicated the larger shape of things to come. An agreement was signed with George Killion, president of the American President ts p r e s e n t pre - eminence through the years-ahead planning of its administrators and the active support of its citizen- Dwners. Its future ereatness rip- .ines, providing that the Har-!pends upon this sa"me dynamic bor Department will build a|partnership." Robertshaw-Fulton Controls Head Sees Big Future Growth ', |While automatic control have generally anticipated tht need for suitable controls ir new products for industry, the »home, and transportation, fu ture years will bring innova "tions which will significant!) increase the controls industry's growth, says T. T. Arden, president of Robertshaw-Fultoi Controls Co. ; He cited as an example the hew thermostatic control for BBS range top burners, developed by his firm, and called by the American Gas Assn. "the most outstanding recent contribution to the gas industry.' ^ " H o u s e w i v e s had long thought their gas ranges offered the ultimate in cooking perfection," Arden said. "Bui nojiv, the device makes possible the same precision cooking on the top of the range that the homemaker has come to enjoy in her oven. Today's shoppers .are demanding that their ranges have the new control, identified by many as the (BUrncr with a Brain 1 ." * * * « IIEAW EMPHASIS on research will accelerate development of totally new controls, and will speed the sophistication of present products, Arden predicted. During 1959, he said, his firm will complete a new research center at King df Prussia, in suburban Philndclphin, with greatly increased capacity to 8.tep up completion of many irpduct development projects Ufeady under way. ^During 1958, Robertshaw- ?ulton opened a new research center at Anaheim where a lumber of projects aimed at production of new control de- T. T. ARDEN Tells of Good Year Abend vices now are nearing completion. Ardon predicted that 1959 will be a "good year" for the controls industry, and that beginning in 1960, there may be a "tremendous upsurge" as part of the next cyclic growth of the nation's economy, strengthened by predictable new family formations. Arden said that his firm is now preparing for the expectant business boom in the 1960s. Recently the firm announced that it will build a huge new plant at New Stanton, Pa., to specialize in automatic gas controls, and has just announced the creation of a new division it Indiana, Pa., which will specialize in the manufacture of precision electrical controls. "We look to 1959, and the years immediately ahead, for n vigorous expansion of markets for automatic controls, and for a healthy condition of business in general," Arden stated. Robertshaw-Fulton's Grayson Controls Division is located in Long Beach. An Aeronautical and Instrument, and the company's Western Research Center, arc located in Anaheim. Corporate offices are in Richmond, Va. Newer Radar ' Serves Port The Port of Long Beach in 1949 installed radar to provide safe piloting of vessels in one out of port during bad weather. It was the first such installation in the Western Hemisphere. Last June the Port installed a new and much improved larger radar and thus giving the shipper the finest service available. The new radar gives much sharper, clearer picture of the ship movements and the operator has far better vision of two or more objects at the same distance from the scope and very close to gether. So powerful is the new radar that small buoys may be seen several miles and the useful range is extended to 40 miles. Sponsor Games Since 1951 more than 1000 boys-have participated in baseball games played by the Boys' Baseball League, sponsored by the Long Beach Pollen Department. Players are 14-17 years of age. the *^^£^^££ " to ^ qUeSti ° n »* aU ° th the TM to 1* ^ on Day and night, the port's channel is a super water freeway for a parade of giant ships-bringing lumber for housing, wool and cotton for clothing, raw material of endless variety for processing WhentiiSS^S these ships carry the rich produce of our farms and factories, destined for the markets of the world. Thousands of businesses depend on this efficient, economical flow of goods; millions of workers benefit Already tops in tonnage on the Pacific Coast, your municipally owned port is meeting the challenge of the area's tremendous expansion - and, as always, without use of tax money "lauenge or tne area s Operations and construction are financed entirely from port earnings. What's more, the Harbor Department's budget this year is $1051146 lower than last year's. ' ' Angelenos can be justly proud of the Cargo Capital of the West - significant contributor to the stability and prosperity of Southern California. PORT OF LOS ANGELES ww\.wnr/«wsfta«£35s»- ./·"·sssewssBS" 1 - ·DAM OF HARBOR COMMISSIONERS * CITY OF LOS MMELB * ROOM 1300, CITY HAU, LOS MGEUS12, CAUf.

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