Eco pilings protect Hueneme marine life

Pilings arriving by train The pilings were transported by rail to save multiple truck trips by road, reduce emissions and congestion. Credit: Port of Hueneme
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The Port of Hueneme is using chemical free eco-friendly pilings for its new efficiency-geared harbour deepening project.

Transported by rail to save multiple truck trips by road, reduce emissions and congestion, the pilings are made from recycled plastic and impervious to marine creatures and salt water and therefore not treated with chemicals as traditional pilings would be, said the port.

“These new eco-friendly pilings will help support and reinforce the Port’s South Terminal as the Harbor is dredged from 35 feet to 40 feet deep over the next several months,” explained president of the Port of Hueneme port commission Mary Anne Rooney. “The deepening project will allow our existing customers to load their ships with more cargo, thus increasing efficiency and reducing air emissions all while creating more family sustaining jobs for our local community; 563 jobs to be specific.”

Sustainable material

Larger ships will also be able enter the harbour following the project, which is due to benefit from another pilings shipment from manufacturers Bedford Technology within the next month.

Jesse W. Hooge, director of sales training & multi-x sales at Bedford Technology, said: “Our products, manufactured in the United States, are engineered from recycled plastic into a sustainable building material that is built for generations to come. This project alone will divert over 1.5 million pounds of HDPE plastic out of the landfill and help support the Port of Hueneme’s environmental and sustainability initiatives.”

The sand from the harbour deepening has been tested and approved by the California Coastal Commission to be used as near-shore replenishment for Hueneme Beach.

Kristin Decas, Port CEO remarked: “Environmental stewardship and sustainable growth are knitted into the very fabric of how the Port does business. With the beach replenishment component, the project serves as a significant environmental win for our local community.”

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