Port Of Long Beach Deploys Zero-Emissions Equipment To Terminals
On California Clean Air Day, the demonstration of cargo handling equipment that is powered by hydrogen and electricity was done by the Port of Long Beach on Wednesday. This is practiced by them on two of its shipping terminal. Their aim is to become the first zero-emission seaport in the world.
As a part of the ‘C-PORT’ or Commercialization of POLB Off-Road Technology Project, the California Air Resources Board gave a grant of $5.3 million which was used to purchase the new equipment. In partnership with labour, marine terminal operators and regulatory agencies, a number of demonstrations of clean air technologies are going on in the port.
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The grant by CARB comes under California Climate Investments. This is a statewide initiative that puts in billions of capital and trade dollars to work by reducing the emission of greenhouse gases, strengthening the economy and bringing improvement in public health and environment in areas that are comparatively disadvantaged like those near the port.
“Today, you see some of the equipment with the potential to take us to the next level – zero emissions,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Bonnie Lowenthal. “The equipment, which will be operated by our longshore partners at the Port, will help us reduce our impact on our neighborhoods and contribute to the Port’s ability to increase trade.”
Two battery-electric top handlers at SSA Marine’s Pacific Container Terminal at Pier J; and one fuel cell yard tractor, one battery-electric top handler and one battery-electric yard tractor at Long Beach Container Terminal at Pier E are the five vehicles that will be demonstrated as a part of C-PORT.
“Projects like these are designed to take us down the road to being the world’s first zero-emissions seaport,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “We have our labor partners of the ILWU, our terminal operators SSA and LBCT, and our regulatory agencies all working together to find the right technologies to reach our zero-emissions goals. With teamwork and cooperation like that, I think we can look forward to many more innovative projects to demonstrate new technologies.”
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