Tuesday, March 16, 2021

SSA Marine Testing Electric Gantry Cranes at Long Beach Port

The first of nine electric rubber-tired gantry cranes is being tested at the SSA Marine terminal at the Port of Long Beach's Pier J.

The demonstration is part of the Zero-Emissions Terminal Equipment Transition Project, an effort by the port, Southern California Edison and the California Energy Commission (which gave a $9.7 million grant toward the project) to bring 25 zero- or near-zero emission vehicles to three marine terminals and logistics truck company Total Transportation Services Inc., according to the port.

“Imagine a port where a ship slows down on approach to reduce emissions, plugs into the electrical grid at berth instead of burning fuel to run vital systems, and is worked by zero-emissions cranes, yard vehicles and trucks,” Port Executive Director Mario Cordero said in a statement. “That’s our reality in Long Beach, and the goals of our tests and demonstrations are to eventually make it possible to do everywhere.”

The port is pursuing its goals to have terminal equipment produce zero emissions by 2030.