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Friday, 06 April 2018

Port of Long Beach plans zero emissions long term

The Port of Long Beach has received a US$9.7 million grant from the California Energy Commission to demonstrate zero-emissions cargo handling equipment.

The one-year project will include the conversion of nine diesel-electric rubber-tire gantry cranes into fully electric equipment at one terminal, the purchase of 12 battery-electric yard tractors for two more terminals, and the conversion of four LNG trucks into plug-in hybrid-electric trucks for a drayage trucking firm. This news come follows the announcement that POLB is seeking public input into its revised Master Plan which will take into account environmental stewardship.

"We're in a new era of global shipping, technology and environmental stewardship," said Mario Cordero, executive director of the Port of Long Beach.

"The port needs to update our Master Plan to reflect our goals and priorities for making the best use of our resources, so that we can continue to move cargo efficiently and responsibly in today's world and into the future."

Bigger picture

To operate in California, seaports must have a master plan approved by the California Coastal Commission that guides their development and ensures ports are using coastal lands and waters in accordance with state law.

When completed, the new Master Plan will incorporate economic and environmental studies, initiatives and policies the port has advanced in recent years.

In conjunction with the update, the port will prepare a Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) that analyses the environmental impacts of various levels of future development.

POLB is currently looking for representatives of the maritime and goods movement industries, environmental and health groups, local business and community organisations and prospective tenants and developers to participate in focus group discussions on the Master Plan Update this spring.

April 5, 2018 by Port Strategy


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