Using electrical power for ships at berth instead of diesel-burning engines, ‘cold ironing’ can greatly reduce air pollution from ships. When ships use shore power, they connect into landside electricity for their power needs at berth, avoiding to run diesel-fueled auxiliary on-board engines. According to estimations, shore power is able to limit air pollution from ships at berth by 95%.
Port of Long Beach
The Port of Long Beach Community Grants Program will give away more than $46 million over the next 12-15 years to help those most affected by Port-related impacts. The grants help address the effects on air and water quality, traffic, and noise on local schools, health-care centers, senior facilities and the wider community.
The Port of Long Beach informed that the cargo volumes handled in April broke a record that was set 13 years ago. Namely, the Port moved 628,121 twenty-foot equivalent units in April, while in the same month in 2006 it had moved 619,512 TEUs. Total container volume was up 1.6% over April 2018.
Chinese shipping company Orient Overseas (International) Limited (OOIL) announced a Sale and Purchase Agreement to sell 100% of the Long Beach Container Terminal to a consortium led by and Macquarie Infrastructure Partners (MIP), for US$1.78 billion.
The Long Beach Board of Harbour Commissioners approved an updated Strategic Plan for the Port of Long Beach, presenting the key goals and objectives for the nation’s second-busiest container seaport to continue prospering, meeting the needs of the industry and serving the community.
The Port of Long Beach has implemented aggressive goals for zero emissions goods movement. The 2017 Clean Air Action Plan Update set the Port of Long Beach on the path to zero-emission goods movement, with a target of transitioning terminal equipment to zero emissions by 2030 and on-road trucks by 2035.
Despite the feeling of uncertainty, the Port of Long Beach marked the second busiest Q1 in its history, transmitting up to 1.8 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) from January to March. Mainly, the figure is based only in Q1 of 2018, when the Port reached an annual record for container movement at 8.1 million TEUs.
Experts during the 15th annual Pulse of the Ports Peak Season Forecast at the Port of Long Beach, commented on a slowing domestic economy that will most probably lead to a mediocre uptick in container imports through 2019, after a robust year that experienced a record-high cargo growth due to trade dispute with China.
The largest container ship ever to call on the US arrived at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach last week. The MSC-operated 19,500 TEU ‘MSC Eloane’ arrived in Los Angeles on 13 March, as part of a 2M alliance service
With the shipping industry entering a new, environmentally-friendly period, stakeholders in the maritime industry are seeking for ways to reduce their ships’ emissions. Apart from choosing green fuels and scrubbers, ports come to add another solution: Cold Ironing. This is the process of providing shoreside electrical power to a ship at berth, while its main and auxiliary engines are turned off.
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