The Long Beach Board of Harbour Commissioners has accepted a proposal by Toyota Logistics Services, to redevelop facilities at Port of Long Beach’s Pier B and build a 2.3-megawatt fuel-cell power plant.
Toyota operates a marine terminal at the California-based port, which off-loads new automobiles from ships and processes them before off-site transportation.
The project is expected to begin construction in late 2018 and will include the replacement of office, car washing, fuelling, auto body and other facilities with a new multi-purpose building.
Toyota is also planning to add a new hydrogen fuelling station.
Neil Davidson, of Drewry, discusses new developments at the Port of Long Beach in a recent Port Technology technical paper
Tracy Egoscue, Harbour Commission President, said: “Toyota is demonstrating hydrogen fuel as a viable alternative for fuelling vehicles.”
“The example they are setting at the Port of Long Beach should be applauded not only by the goods movement industry, but by everyone who wants a sustainable present and future for our planet.”
Mario Cordero, Port of Long Beach Executive Director, commented: “Toyota is one of our oldest customers.
“We’ve grown together during a business partnership that’s almost a half-century old, and part of the reason we’ve remained successful is recognizing the need to invest in modernization projects like this to improve our operations.”