THE Port of Long Beach has received preliminary approval for a US$50 million grant from the California Air Resources Board for a sweeping, transformative demonstration of a near-zero and zero-emissions supply chain at the nation's second-busiest seaport.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has preliminarily awarded the grant for the Sustainable Terminals Accelerating Regional Transformation (START) Project.
The START Project will demonstrate nearly 100 pieces of zero-emissions terminal equipment and trucks at three California seaports, develop a near-zero emissions tugboat, deploy two of the cleanest ships to ever to call the West Coast, and advance workforce development programmes to support sustainable goods movement, reports World Maritime News of Rotterdam.
The START Project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment - particularly in disadvantaged communities.
Long Beach equipment funded by START includes 33 zero-emissions yard tractors and one top handler at Pier C - one of the nation's largest deployments of zero-emissions equipment at a single terminal; five electric trucks at Shippers Transport; two charging outlets at the Clean Trucks Programme Centre, which will be the first publicly accessible heavy-duty truck charging outlets in Southern California; two Matson container ships with Tier 3 engines, which will be the cleanest container ships to call the West Coast; and Harley Marine electric-drive tugboats.
Port of Long Beach executive director Mario Cordero said: "The prominent role the Port of Long Beach plays in the national economy puts us in the unique position to lead large sustainability efforts such as this that would not be possible elsewhere.
"This will help get us to the green future that we all know is necessary if we want to continue to grow our business, and it's the right thing to do for our communities."
The project will be completed by June 2021 and includes US$52 million in matching funds from private and public partners for a total cost of US$102 million.