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The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

Federal grant to help Port of Long Beach retrofit diesel-burning engines

From the Long Beach Post:

A $2.4 million federal grant awarded to the Port of Long Beach (POLB) will help the complex begin to decrease its pollution levels just weeks after the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach approved its updated Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) that has goals of bringing it to […]

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Gov. Brown decision means no public funds will be used to 'green-wash' job-killing automation

Note: We applaud Governor Brown’s decision to ensure this legislation doesn’t use public funds to “green-wash” job-killing automation. The ILWU Coast Longshore Division worked with ILWU California locals to educate the State Assembly on this important issue.

From an article titled ‘Labour Beats Port Automation’ from Port Technology:

California Gov. Jerry Brown

California Governor Jerry […]

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Port of Oakland pushes ships to plug-in to shore power to reduce pollution

From CBS San Francisco:

Port of Oakland officials said Friday they are encouraging more vessels to plug into the power grid while berthed to reduce emissions.

By plugging in, ships can turn off their diesel engines while at berth. More than 70 percent of ships visiting the port use shore power, but Lytle said in […]

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Air emissions drop even as Port of LA has busiest year ever

From SCPR:

New data from the Port of LA shows that air pollution emitted from ships, trains, trucks and cargo equipment dropped during 2016 — even though the port had its busiest year ever.

Every single pollutant tracked by the Port of LA dropped between 2015 and 2016, including the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, smog-forming […]

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Port of Oakland OKs new high-power line to plug in more ships

Port of Oakland officials said they’ve commissioned new equipment bolstering efforts to curb diesel emissions from ships. The Port OKd a high-voltage cable system that will connect more vessels to Oakland’s landside power grid. The Port said the breakthrough will accelerate the program that has helped cut emissions 76 percent in Oakland since 2009.

The […]

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NW Seaport Alliance relaunches drayage app

From Maritime Executive:

The Northwest Seaport Alliance has relaunched a mobile application to help speed the flow of cargo along local freight corridors. The app, DrayQ, is designed to give truck drivers real-time information about wait times in and around cargo terminals, plus instant access to traffic camera views.

When DrayQ first launched at NWSA […]

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Ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles solicit proposals for zero-emissions technology

From Port News:

The Port of Long Beach, in partnership with the Port of Los Angeles, has released a request for proposals seeking demonstrations of technologies to upgrade tugboats, crew boats, barges and other harbor craft to cleaner engines, the company said in its press release.

Harbor craft are the second-largest source of diesel particulate […]

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China Shipping diverting cargo from LA port to Long Beach because of environmental restrictions, LA port chief says

From The Daily Breeze:

China Cosco Shipping Corp., the world’s fourth largest shipping line, is diverting its cargo away from the Port of Los Angeles to its competitor in Long Beach because of more lax environmental rules at its terminal there, the chief of the L.A. port said Thursday.

The Chinese company, one of the […]

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Maersk partners with U.S. West Coast ports

Maersk Line has partnered with the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to measure the environmental benefits of a US$125 million upgrade to 12 containerships.

The two ports are contributing jointly US$1 million to a real-time tracking system to pinpoint vessel emissions while ships birthed and at sea.

Maersk said the three-year data collection […]

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Port of Oakland touts 76% reduction of diesel emissions

From CBS:

Diesel emissions at the Port of Oakland have declined dramatically since 2005, the result of a concerted effort by the port to improve air quality in neighboring communities, port officials said Friday.

From 2005 to 2015, diesel emissions from trucks, ships, tugboats, trains and cargo handling equipment declined 76 percent, from 261 […]

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China Shipping vessels left LA after getting $5 million shore power upgrade

Port of L.A. helped pay for cleaner China Shipping vessels–which later stopped docking in L.A.

From an article titled ‘Port of L.A. helped pay for cleaner China Shipping vessels — which later stopped docking in L.A.’ in the Los Angeles Times:

The Port of Los Angeles paid a Chinese government-owned shipping company $5 million in […]

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Port of Long Beach hails impact of lowering vessel speeds

From Ship and Bunker:

The Port of Long Beach says thousands of tonnes of air pollution were avoided last year through its Green Flag Program incentive program.

The Port of Long Beach says its Green Flag Program, which offers financial rewards for reducing vessel speed near the harbor to decrease emissions, enabled shipping lines calling […]

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Officials seek action to correct emissions breaches at Port of Los Angeles

Elected officials are demanding swift action and increased oversight at the Port of Los Angeles following disclosure that a second major shipping company has been allowed to skirt requirements to reduce harmful diesel emissions.

Port officials failed to require two large terminal operators, TraPac and China Shipping, to comply with air quality improvement measures the […]

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Port of LA criticized after TraPac terminal falls short on air quality mandates

Excerpts from the Daily Breeze:

TraPac terminal, Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles is coming under renewed criticism following release of an audit that revealed air quality-improvement mandates were not met by the 173-acre TraPac terminal.

The revelations come on the heels of the port’s acknowledgment late last year that it had […]

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Janice Hahn calls for independent oversight of Port of L.A.’s anti-pollution efforts

From the Los Angeles Times:

Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro) is throwing her support behind the demands of harbor-area residents calling for independent oversight of the Port of Los Angeles after its failure to impose air quality improvements at one of its busiest shipping terminals.

The Times reported Monday that beginning in 2009, top port […]

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