POLA orders Cavotec power systems

Cavotec's AMP systems enable vessels to turn off their engines, cutting emissions and improving air quality Cavotec's AMP systems enable vessels to turn off their engines, cutting emissions and improving air quality

The Port of Los Angeles (POLA) has ordered a large number of Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) ship-to-shore electrical power systems from global engineering company, Cavotec.

Under the contract, Cavotec will supply the POLA with Easy Lift Access Covers and shore power outlet connection boxes for berths 228, 401-406, 100-102, 121-128 and 212-216. The company’s systems, which were first developed for use at airports, are built into the quayside to enable vessels to connect to grid generated electrical power quickly and easily. This makes it safer for personnel to operate, avoiding operator stress and injury by reducing lift weights to a minimum.

Rob Thompson, West Coast manager, Cavotec USA, said: "These, and other shore power projects on which we are currently working, are a reminder of the growing trend, especially in the US and Europe, towards tighter legislation regulating emissions at ports. We continue to work closely with our partners to ensure that ports meet their environmental targets.”

Cavotec AMP systems allow vessels to switch off their engines while docked which significantly reduces particulate matter emissions, improving air quality in and around ports.

This latest project to install the AMP power systems at four separate container terminals at the port follows a flurry of orders for similar systems to be installed on the US west coast, as well as in Canada, Europe and the Far East.

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