Electric cranes mark milestone for Port of Long Beach and SSA Marine

Port of Long Beach reaches electric milestone

The Port of Long Beach has said SSA Marine is now operating the first of its nine yard cranes at its Pier J, marking a milestone in a goal to transition zero-emissions terminal equipment by 2030.

The demonstration of the electric rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes is part of the Zero-Emissions Terminal Equipment Transition Project, which is funded in large part by a $9.7 million California Energy Commission grant, the Port said in a statement.

The Port, the CEC and Southern California Edison are partnering on the project to bring 25 vehicles that are zero- or near-zero emissions to three of the Port’s marine terminals and logistics truck provider Total Transportation Services Inc. to test their performance in a real-world setting.

Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero said, “Imagine a port where a ship slows down on approach to reduce emissions, plugs into the electrical grid at berth instead of burning fuel to run vital systems, and is worked by zero-emissions cranes, yard vehicles and trucks.

“That’s our reality in Long Beach, and the goals of our tests and demonstrations are to eventually make it possible to do everywhere.”

Long Beach Harbor Commission President Frank Colonna also commented, “The future of the industry is zero emissions.”

“The Port of Long Beach will continue to generate economic opportunity as we show that jobs and environmental sustainability can work together.”

SSA Superintendent Scott Hainlen, the project coordinator was quoted as saying, “SSA Terminals is proud to partner with the Port to achieve our shared goal of implementing zero-emission cargo handling equipment.

“We look forward to continuing this partnership with the Port as we explore all options to help do our part to continue to reduce our carbon footprint in Long Beach.”

In 2017, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles approved an update to their Clean Air Action Plan, setting a goal of transitioning all terminal equipment to zero emissions by 2030.

The Zero-Emissions Terminal Transition project is anticipated to annually reduce greenhouse gases by more than 1,323 tons and smog-causing nitrogen oxides by 27 tons.

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