The Port of Long Beach has put nine electric cranes into operations at one of its busiest terminals.
The demonstration at SSA Marine Pier J is part of the Zero-Emissions Terminal Equipment Transition Project, which is funded in large part by a $9.7 million California Energy Commission (CEC) grant.
The port, the CEC and Southern California Edison are partnering on the project to put 25 human-operated vehicles that are zero- or near-zero emissions into daily service at three of the port’s marine terminals.
As part of the project, SSA terminal retrofitted nine of its existing diesel-powered rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes to run on electricity.
“In the decades since we created the Green Port Policy, our ambitions have grown from cleaning the air for our community to showing the world it’s possible to do that everywhere,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero.
“These demonstrations are designed to commercialise heavy-duty zero emissions equipment and vehicles to combat pollution but also to fight climate change, the effects of which we are seeing in the news almost every day.”
The port’s 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.
The port moved 741,823 TEU of cargo containers in September, down 0.9 per cent from the same period in 2021.