In an effort to eliminate pollution from port-related operations, Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals L.P. and the Port of Los Angeles will launch the Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project, a full-scale, real-time demonstration of zero and near-zero emission technologies at a working marine terminal.
At full build out, Pasha will be the world’s first marine terminal able to generate all of its energy needs from renewable sources, according to the Los Angeles port.
The project, which has a total cost of USD 26.6 million, is funded in part by a USD 14.5 million grant from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for reducing greenhouse gases and other pollutants.
“With this partnership, we begin a new era for global shipping where we can eliminate emissions as we power our economy ahead. I look forward to seeing this innovative technology in action,” Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, said.
Besides the zero-emission cargo handling equipment, which includes four electrified yard tractors, two high-tonnage forklifts, two drayage trucks and a top handler, the project will see two wharf cranes upgraded with new electrical drives and control systems. The project will also demonstrate ShoreCat, the next generation of the METS-1 (Marine Exhaust Treatment System) for capturing at-berth vessel emissions without plugging into shore power.
The project also features a microgrid that includes solar generation, battery storage and an energy management system.
Project implementation will start in June with the final design and construction of the solar-powered microgrid.
North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated USD 270 billion in trade during 2015.