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Electric Drayage Trucks Unveiled at PortTech Los Angeles


Two electric battery-powered heavy-duty trucks that will help cut pollution at busy Los Angeles County ports were unveiled recently at PortTechEXPO 2012, a symposium for green transportation technologies.

These large Class 8 trucks are port drayage trucks that haul cargo containers to and from seaports. They transport containers relatively short distances, usually between ports […]


Port of Los Angeles Awards $31.3 Million Shoreside Power Upgrades

The Port of Los Angeles has announced $31.3 million of improvements to the shoreside power infrastructure at its Yang Ming and Yusen container terminals, which is says should be completed by December 2013.

The project will see the port’s cold ironing alternative marine power (AMP) systems being constructed at Berths 121-126 (Yang Ming), and the […]


Port, Mayor Villaraigosa honored for Clean Trucks Program efforts

The Port of Los Angeles and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa were honored Thursday night for their efforts in implementing the Clean Trucks Program.

The nonprofit Coalition for Clean Air presented them with the California Air Quality Award for “clean air stewardship,” port officials said.

The $1.6 billion Clean Trucks Program required all big rigs entering the […]


Port of LA becomes first US port to reward ‘greener’ ships

The Port of Los Angeles has become the first US port to adopt an international clean air program that rewards ocean carriers for bringing their newest and cleanest vessels to the port.

The Environmental Ship Index (ESI) program, will take effect from the start of July following the formal approval of the Los Angeles Board […]


Long Beach to study port-related effects

Jan. 24: Long Beach city leaders green-lighted a study of port-connected air pollution effects on nearby neighborhoods.

The “Air Quality Impact Zone” plan, proposed by council members James Johnson, Suja Lowenthal and Robert Garcia, will evaluate existing studies on Port of Long Beach-connected air pollution in West Long Beach, Los Cerritos, Wrigley, Central Long Beach […]


U.S. Senate bill would allow other ports to mimic L.A.’s Clean Trucks Program

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in September tossed out the Port of Los Angeles’ mandate, which would have forced freight haulers to hire their drivers as employees. The neighboring Port of Long Beach enacted a version of the Clean Trucks Program that did not include the employee mandate.

A New York senator […]


Tacoma truck replacement program aims to improve region’s air quality

The Tacoma Truck Scrappage and Replacements for Air in Puget Sound (Tacoma ScRAPS) program targets heavy-duty trucks with pre-1994 model year engines that operate in the Tacoma area.

The City of Tacoma and Cascade Sierra Solutions will give an overview of the program at the Port of Tacoma Commission meeting Nov. 3 at noon in […]


Key Pollution Levels Decline at Port of Los Angeles

Data from four air-quality monitoring stations in and around the Port of Los Angeles show concentrations of elemental carbon, a pollutant targeted in the port’s clean-air efforts, declined for the fourth straight year in 2010.

Elemental carbon, an air contaminant, is an indicator of diesel particulate matter, which is the soot produced by the combustion […]


Appeals court to hear arguments on Clean Trucks Program

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled June 10 to hear oral arguments surrounding controversial aspects of the Port of Los Angeles’ version of the Clean Trucks Program.

At stake is whether the Port of Los Angeles should be allowed to limit the types of truckers allowed to haul goods into its terminals.



China Shipping celebrates major terminal expansion at Port of Los Angeles

The China Shipping Terminal Expansion at the Port of Los Angeles includes dozens of environmental measures to reduce air emissions. Click on the image for details.

China Shipping celebrated the completion of a major phase of its terminal expansion project at the Port of Los Angeles, adding a new 925-foot section of wharf, 18 […]


Port of Long Beach Honors Ocean Carriers for Reducing Emissions

A slow approach to Long Beach leads to reduced dockage fees and reduced air emissions.

The Green Flag vessel speed reduction program gives financial incentives to ship operators to slow down near the harbor, thus reducing air pollution. The program has helped reduce pollution levels from ships by nearly 50 percent since it began […]


Port of L.A. plugs in 3 different cruise lines to shoreside power

A Princess cruise ship using shore power

The Port of Los Angeles became the first in the country to plug in three different cruise lines to shoreside electrical power, reducing pollution in the area, it was announced Thursday.

The Alternative Maritime Power system developed for the World Cruise Center is capable of delivering […]


Last filings made by ATA, Port of L.A. in owner-operator case

The American Trucking Associations and the Port of Los Angeles have filed their last arguments in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling concerning the Port’s owner-operator ban, with ATA arguing that the Port has relied on the “charade that governmental regulation reflects the act of a business entity” and the Port steadfastly maintaining its […]


Nadler Reintroduces Clean Ports Act

Rep. Jerrold Nadler reintroduced his bill, the Clean Ports Act, to give ports more authority over drayage operations. The New York Democrat introduced the measure last year but Congress did not act on it, so he is now offering it again.

Under current law, states and local authorities such as ports are barred from regulating […]


U.S. Begins Inquiry Into Impact of Slower Ship Speeds

Slow steaming saves fuel and reduces carriers' freight capacity.

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission has started an inquiry into how slower container ship speeds are affecting freight rates and supply chains.

Ocean liners have been reducing their travel times over the past two years to save fuel and lower greenhouse-gas emissions, the agency said […]