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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Shanghai to get LA advice on shore power

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Shanghai is to get some advice from Los Angeles on how to expand shore power. The largest port in the world signed today an EcoPartnership with the Californian port, which pioneered the clean-air technology ten years ago exactly.

Under the formal agreement, the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) will share knowledge with the Port of Shanghai on topics that include regulations, rules, standards, policies, electricity rates and incentive programmes to promote shore power.

The three-year initiative is expected to help the Chinese port build on its pilot programme at Waigaoqiao Phase II container terminal as it adds shore power to the Yangshan Deepwater Port - Phase III and the Shanghai Wusong Cruise Terminal.

POLA says that “ensuring consistent equipment and practices will accelerate emission reductions” at both Shanghai and Los Angeles. “Uniform standards and compatible infrastructure that allow ocean carriers to maximise their investment in clean ships could lead to green shipping routes that increase trade at both ports.”

“We are eager to support our No. 1 trading partner as it expands its shore power programme,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, noting that the EcoPartnership strengthens ties established in 1998 under a Los Angeles-Shanghai Friendship Port Agreement.

The Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission (SMTC), which oversees the port, added: “This new partnership and our demonstration projects will bring significant and positive impacts to Pacific ports and advance sustainable port development to maximise air quality benefits far beyond what can be accomplished by a single port.”

The EcoPartnership was signed at a ceremony that concluded the sixth meeting of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

The signing coincided with the 10-year anniversary of the first time a container ship anywhere in the world plugged in at berth: China Shipping’s Xin Yang Zhou at the Port of Los Angeles.

Twenty-five berths at the Port of Los Angeles are now equipped with shore power, which allows ships at berth to turn off auxiliary engines and run on clean energy to power vital onboard systems.

POLA says that shore power and other clean-air initiatives have helped it reduce its emissions. Between 2005 and 2012, the Californian port cut diesel particulate matter (DPM) by 79%, sulphur oxides (SOx) by 88% and nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 56%.

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