Effective Dec. 12, ships calling at the Port of Long Beach, shifting to the Port of Los Angeles, and then returning to the Port of Long Beach incur only one 24-hour minimum dockage charge. The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the tariff change at its Dec. 8 meeting. Prior to the amendment, vessels that arrived at the Port of Long Beach, moved to the neighboring port and then returned to Long Beach before leaving the San Pedro Bay were assessed a second 24-hour minimum charge, with the return trip treated as a new call. The Port amended the tariff to accommodate customers who need to load and/or discharge cargo at both ports during the same voyage. To make the change permanent, the Board will take up the tariff amendment and related ordinance a second time at its Dec. 22 meeting.