Clearing the Air

Clearing the Air

May 31, 2019 —Governing

On a sun-splashed stretch of asphalt along the Los Angeles waterfront, officials from the busiest port complex in the United States recently offered a glimpse of their hopes for the future: a new generation of 18-wheel trucks that can carry cargo from ports to warehouses throughout Southern California while emitting nothing but water. The experimental vehicles use hydrogen fuel cells developed by Toyota to power heavy-duty trucks built by Kenworth. Their manufacturers say the new trucks, which have a range of 300 miles, can perform as well as their traditional diesel counterparts. Eventually, four companies, including Toyota and UPS, will use 10 of the prototypes to haul cargo from the ports. The oil company Shell will build hydrogen fueling stations for the trucks to use. The trucks are being introduced in California because the state, along with the port authorities in Los Angeles and neighboring Long Beach, has made zero-emission operations a top priority. To support the new fleet of hydrogen fuel-cell trucks, the state agency that sets air pollution regulations is spending $41 million in matching grants that are funded by cap-and-trade fees the state imposes on carbon dioxide pollution.

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Air pollution monitoring container sets sail

Air pollution monitoring container sets sail

May 24, 2019 —GreenPort

An air pollution-monitoring smart container with solar panels to determine how much power a container can generate during any given journey will leave the Port of Rotterdam for the first leg of a two-year data-collecting mission around the world. During this journey, the hyper-smart Container 42, which houses an array of sensors and communications equipment – will be measuring changes in parameters like vibration, slope, position, sound, local air pollution, humidity and temperature. The solar panels fitted to the container can be used to determine how much power a container can generate during a given journey by ship, train or truck.

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JAX LNG – The First Small-Scale Waterside LNG Production Facility in the United States is Operational

JAX LNG – The First Small-Scale Waterside LNG Production Facility in the United States is Operational

May 23, 2019 —Yahoo Finance

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — JAX LNG, a liquefied natural gas facility located at Dames Point in Jacksonville, Florida, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 16 to signify the official start-up of the newly constructed plant. JAX LNG is the first small-scale LNG facility in the United States with both marine and truck-loading capabilities. The state-of-the-art facility was constructed through a joint venture between Pivotal LNG and NorthStar Midstream (“NorthStar”).

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NY-NJ drayage drivers oppose latest truck ban

NY-NJ drayage drivers oppose latest truck ban

May 17, 2019 —JOC.com

A proposal to update an anti-pollution measure at the Port of New York and New Jersey by banning truck engines from the model year 1996/1997 has stoked opposition from the Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers, which says the plan would hurt the drayage fleet’s ability to handle growing cargo volumes and make the port less competitive. The proposed rule, which would take effect August 1, 2020, prohibits any truck with a 1997 or older engine from entering any of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s (PANYNJ) container terminals. A second proposed rule would prevent from registering on the port Drayage Truck Registry any truck with an engine that does not meet the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) road emission standard for engine model year 2010, effective July 1.

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IMO agrees on stricter efficiency targets for some ships

IMO agrees on stricter efficiency targets for some ships

May 17, 2019 —Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) – The International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Friday agreed stricter energy efficiency targets for certain types of ships in an effort to speed up action to cut the sector’s emissions. The IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee has been meeting in London this week to discuss tougher rules on sulfur emissions and other measures toward meeting a long-term goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 50% from 2008 levels by 2050.

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NY-NJ port handling larger ships with bigger discharges

NY-NJ port handling larger ships with bigger discharges

May 14, 2019 —JOC.com

The Port of New York and New Jersey says marine terminals are not only seeing more 13,000-TEU ships, but more importantly, they are handling the stronger discharges — between 2,000 to 3,000 more TEU per call — more efficiently than they were a year ago.

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Kiel provides emission-free power to ships

Kiel provides emission-free power to ships

May 10, 2019 —GreenPort

The Port of Kiel’s first shoreside power supply plant for ships has opened at the Norwegenkai ferry terminal to enable Color Line’s cruise-ferries to switch off their engines and continue operations with emission-free electricity. The port is the building contractor for the shore-based power plant, built by Siemens. Investment in the plant totalled €1.2m, of which €400,000 was funded by the state of Schleswig-Holstein. It has a maximum connection capacity of 4.5MW at 10KV and a mains frequency of 50Hz.

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NY-NJ port moves to improve weekend productivity

NY-NJ port moves to improve weekend productivity

May 9, 2019 —JOC.com

The Port of New York and New Jersey is implementing a new policy to make more efficient use of longshoremen to load and unload vessels at the weekend, in a move required at most East and Gulf coast ports by the union master contract signed last year…The productivity push comes as New York-New Jersey, like ports across North America, is facing increased competition and growing stress on resources, as cargo volumes rise and vessels sizes increase. The acceptance of the new policy by the ILA appears to reflect the union’s effort to head off automation in the port by showing that union members can work as efficiently as machines.

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Air pollution: the invisible issue plaguing Bayonne

Air pollution: the invisible issue plaguing Bayonne

May 8, 2019 —Hudson Reporter

…Here in Bayonne, the most pressing issue under local control is the overflow of untreated sewage into surrounding waters. The Bayonne Community News has covered the topic extensively and will continue to do so. The other issue, just as pressing and invisible, is in the air we breathe. Surrounded by ports and industry, Bayonne air is polluted with harmful carbon emissions coming from cars, trucks, and ships.

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NY/NJ Port Continues Record-Breaking Streak

NY/NJ Port Continues Record-Breaking Streak

May 7, 2019 —World Maritime News

The Port of New York and New Jersey is continuing with good results as it handled an all-time record of 1,800,000 TEU (20-foot equivalent units) during the first quarter of 2019. According to the port, the result represents a 6.7 percent increase over the same period in 2018.

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