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Long Beach terminals to pilot eco-friendly tech

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The Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) and SSA Marine at Pier J (SSA), both at the Port of Long Beach, will test new, zero-emissions top handlers in a real-life environment.

In a statement, the Port of Long Beach said the terminals will demonstrate three Taylor battery-electric top handlers – two at SSA and one at LBCT – for six months.

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It will mark the first time that the technology has been tested during live operations at a busy seaport.

The tests are part of the Port of Long Beach’s Commercialization of POLB Off-Road Technology Demonstration Project (C-PORT), which is designed to leverage its position as an eco-friendly trade hub.

They will also be part of the California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that put billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Speaking about the tests, Paul Gagnon, vice president of SSA Terminals, said: “SSA is pleased to participate in this demonstration of technology that shows the potential to both clean the air and speed cargo flow.”

“At Long Beach Container Terminal, electric vehicles move containers from the ship to the sorting yard, where electric stacking cranes ready them for pick up,” LBCT President, Anthony Otto, said.

“Seeing what it takes to add an electric top-handler to make our groundbreaking operations even greener is something we’re very interested in, and we’re happy to be part of this collaborative project.”

“We expect these battery-electric top handlers to be able to make it through the daily two-shift cycle before needing a recharge,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director, Mario Cordero.

“We’re eager to see the advancements in technology that come from this demonstration, and what it means for the commercialization of this equipment.”

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