PierPass Inc announced that all 13 international cargo terminals at the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach CA will be ready to deliver shore power to ships at berth by the end of 2013. This investment will significantly reduce air pollution in and around the ports.

Infrastructure to supply shore power—also known as cold ironing or Alternative Marine Power (AMP)—is being installed in support of clean air initiatives led by the two ports and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The board has mandated that by January 1, 2014, half of all visits by container cargo, refrigerated cargo, and cruise vessels must be powered by electricity. The rule applies to fleets making at least 25 visits per year to California ports.

Currently, most ships power themselves while at berth by continuously running on-board auxiliary diesel engines during visits that typically last about 24 hours. Ships are the single largest source of port-related pollutants, including particulate matter, oxides of sulfur, and oxides of nitrogen. Shore power cuts air pollution from a ship at berth by 95%, according to the Port of Long Beach.

“Terminal operators are working hard to help the ports and ARB implement this important clean air measure,” said Bruce Wargo, president of PierPass. “As part of the ongoing innovations and investments that have made the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach the cleanest and most efficient in the country, the shore power initiative will deliver significant air quality benefits to port workers and nearby communities.”

Nearly half the terminals in the ports already offer shore power in at least some of their berths. These include WBCT, TraPac, YTI, and STS at the Port of Los Angeles; and Pier C60 (SSA) and ITS at the Port of Long Beach.

Working with the ports and CARB to enable shore power is the latest measure taken by the marine terminal operators (MTOs) to improve air quality around the ports. PierPass and its member terminal operators continue to offer night gate operations that move truck traffic out of peak daytime hours, reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality. Terminals are currently offering 55 OffPeak gates across 13 terminals, in addition to 65 daytime gates, for a total of 120 gates per week for cargo pick-up and delivery.

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