The Port of Long Beach has released a new video celebrating the launch of the latest zero-emission project at the first of the three terminals involved, SSA Marine.
Funded mostly by a grant of US$9.7 million from the California Energy Commission, the three-year project will convert nine diesel-electric cranes to fully electric equipment, deploy 12 battery-electric yard tractors and convert four LNG-fueled drayage truck engines to plug-in hybrid-electric systems — testing their performance over a year time-span.
The pilot project is expected to save 27,000 gallons of diesel fuel.
In the video, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach Mario Cordero commented: “This is the only terminal, the only port in the country, that has a demonstration project of this magnitude.”
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Last week, the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles announced they were offering seed money to encourage the development of goods and cargo movement technology that can improve air quality.
The funding is part of the ports’ Technology Advancement Program (TAP) which seeks to find concepts and technologies to reduce emissions, including diesel particular matter, nitrogen and sulphur oxides, and greenhouse gasses.
Since 2007, the ports have distributed over $21 million to help develop technology that can help attain these goals and, compared to levels recorded in 2005, port-related air pollution emissions in the San Pedro Bay area have dropped 87% for diesel particulate matter, 56% for nitrogen oxides, and 97% for sulphur oxides.