The Port of Long Beach announced a $5.3 million state grant Tuesday that it will use to deploy hydrogen- and electric-powered cargo-handling equipment at two shipping terminals.
The money comes from the California Air Resources Board and backs the port’s commitment to zero-emissions operations, officials said.
“The progress we’ve made in reducing pollution is a model for seaports everywhere, with diesel emissions alone down almost 90 percent since we adopted the Clean Air Action Plan in 2005,” said Harbor Commission President Lou Anne Bynum. “Still, we are not satisfied. This equipment will further contribute to a cleaner environment for our neighboring communities.”
Five vehicles will be part of the program — three cargo-moving “top handlers” with never-before-tested battery-electric systems, one battery-electric yard tractor and one hydrogen-fuel cell yard tractor. The two yard tractors will work in a head-to-head comparison at the Long Beach Container Terminal at Pier E and two top handlers will work at SSA Marine’s Pacific Container Terminal at Pier J. The equipment is set to be put to use next year.
The project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative aimed at putting billions of cap-and-trade dollars toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the environment, particularly in disadvantaged communities.
“Our partnerships with the California Air Resources Board and other agencies provide crucial funding for these vital demonstration projects as we work to create a zero-emissions seaport,” said Mario Cordero, executive director for the Port of Long Beach.
Information about the low-emissions demonstration will be incorporated into coursework at the Port-sponsored Academy of Global Logistics at Cabrillo High School to support education and workforce development for new port technologies.