The U.S. Department of Transportation Gives $30M Grant to the Port of Long Beach in Southern California

By: Sharjeel Sohaib

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Nov 7, 2022

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The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a grant of $30.1 million to the Port of Long Beach on 28th October 2022. The funding will be used to set up the largest fleet of manually driven, zero-emission cargo handling equipment in the country at a single marine terminal.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Port of Long Beach claims to be an emissions-free port. 
  • By the end of 2023, Electrify America will have installed 60 open charging stations to accommodate its fleet of electric trucks and other companies’ trucks. 
  • 4 Gen Logistics will buy 20 Kenworth trucks and 41 Volvo trucks to build a fleet of 100 zero-emission vehicles. 

The U.S. Maritime Administration Funds the Clean Air Project

The U.S. Maritime Administration’s 2022 Port Infrastructure Development Program provides funding for the new clean air initiative. 

Approximately 60 electric, manually operated yard tractors will replace the diesel yard tractors at the Long Beach Container Terminal due to the project. 

The project at LBCT also entails building electric equipment charging stations with energy efficiency-enhancing software, training operators and maintenance staff, and installing software equipment to streamline cargo-handling operations within the terminal. 

LBCT can move 3.3 million container units annually, more than most U.S. ports.

Port of Long Beach Clean Air Project

Port of Long Beach is recognized as an international pioneer in the cleaner freight movement. The Port of Long Beach has established a goal of all zero-emission cargo handling equipment by 2030 and a fleet of zero-emission drayage trucks by 2035 to combat greenhouse gases and environmental pollutants. 

By 2025, 4GEN Logistics to Have a Zero-Emission Truck Fleet.

The largest fleet in the United States, about 17% of the cargo handling equipment at the port is powered by electricity. As a symbol of this development, the port declared in September that a trucking firm partner will switch to zero emissions by 2025, which is ten years earlier than the 2035 target.

Electrify America will set up 60 open charging stations by the end of 2023 to support its fleet of electric vehicles and the trucks of other businesses. 

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia joined Port officials, Volvo, Kenworth, Electrify America, and CALSTART representatives to celebrate the company’s ambitions.

Read More: PORT OF LONG BEACH PREVIEWS PATH TO ZERO EMISSIONS

Port of Long Beach Creating A Clean and Safe Environment 

The Port of Long Beach has decreased its emissions of sulfur oxides by 96%, nitrogen oxides by 49%, and diesel particulate matter by 88%. 

Since 2021, the port has implemented several programs to reduce air pollution further and create a functional and technological bridge to a future with no emissions. 

These consist of the following:

  • Introducing the Clean Truck Fund Rate provides financing for trucks with no emissions.
  • Managing demonstration projects with zero or almost zero emissions inside the port and on Southern California roadways worth $150 million. Grant funding of $70 million has already been obtained for these projects. 
  • Adopting a modified Green Ship Reward Program that gives Tier III vessels, the cleanest ones currently on the market, the most significant incentive. The cleanest cargo ship on the market, an LNG-powered ship, was refueled at the Port of Long Beach in August of last year, making it the first seaport on the West Coast to do so.
  • Financing vessel technology demos that can cut pollution caused by ships as part of the port’s technology advancement program.

Wrap Up!

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a grant of $30.1 million to the Port of Long Beach. The money will be utilized to equip a single marine terminal with the nation’s largest fleet of manually operated, zero-emission cargo handling equipment. The U.S. Maritime Administration supports the Clean Air Project.

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