San Diego upgrade addresses pollution
Pollution-reducing smart technology will be incorporated into modernisation work at the Port of San Diego’s Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal.
Key mitigation measures, including the acquisition of 36 pieces of zero and near-zero emissions freight equipment, are anticipated to enable the terminal to emit less pollutants such as NOx, PM10, and PM 2.5.
Port of San Diego chairman Rafael Castellanos said: “We are the fourth largest port in the state and this project will allow the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal to handle up to 4.6 million metric tons of cargo annually and create many great jobs, while protecting the environment by incorporating smart technology to reduce pollution.”
The port plans to install a “bonnet system” to physically trap maritime emissions for vessels that are unable to use shore power while at berth; and install highly efficient control technology for its bulk unloader and conveyor system.
It would also require renewable energy projects; keep an inventory of tenant equipment with possible required upgrades to reduce emissions as technology becomes available; and establish an incentive program to encourage terminal tenants to deploy clean vessels, trucks and other mobile equipment, renewable energy projects.
Other planned work include new lighting and on-dock rail improvements.
The US$24m modernisation of the marine terminal is phase one of the port's overall efficiency-boosting terminal redevelopment plan. Phase one began last month and is anticipated to take approximately 13 months to complete.
In January, the port won a Green Fleet Leadership Award for its commitment to exploring alternative fuels, cutting petroleum use and emissions.
The Port of San Diego was among the first ports to launch an energy efficiency digitisation programme in 2014 through its partnership with the Smart City San Diego Regional Collaborative, led by Cleantech San Diego.