California Air Resources Board settles with COSCO Container Lines for $965,000; >2,600 air quality violations from 2014-2017

California Air Resources Board Settles with COSCO Container Lines for $965,000;> 2,600 air quality violations from 2014-2017

December 19,2019–GreenCarCongress.com

The California Air Resources Board announced that COSCO Container Lines Co., Ltd., has paid $965,000 in penalties for violating the Ocean-Going At-Berth Regulation. The violations were discovered during routine audits of the Shanghai-based company’s 2014-2017 fleet visits to the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach and the Port of Oakland. CARB’s investigation revealed that from 2014-2016, COSCO’s visits to these ports did not meet operational time limits for at least half of the visits. The fleet also failed to reduce the auxiliary engine power generation by the required 50%. Combined, these failures resulted in 2,401 violations of the Ocean-Going At-Berth Regulation.

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Port Authority Delays Carpool Discount Elimination Amid Backlash

Port Authority Delays Carpool Discount Elimination Amid Backlash

December 11, 2019 — NorthJersey.com

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is delaying the elimination of the carpool discount program just weeks before the agency had planned to end it and as backlash grew in recent weeks from New Jersey commuters and recently a U.S. congressman. The carpool discount, which is used by about 3.2% of motorists will remain until cashless tolling is ready to be implemented at the agency’s three remaining crossings that have not switched to the program, a turnover not expected until late-2020 or early 2021.

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Expanding Wilmington Port Highlights Quick Links to U.S Markets for Importers

Expanding Wilmington Port Highlights Quick Links to U.S Markets for Importers

December 6,2019–DelawarePublic.org

It’s been just over a year since the State of Delaware reached a 50-year lease agreement, turning over operation of the Port of Wilmington to GT USA, the American arm of global port operator Gulftainer. The deal was expected to bring additional revenue to the state while creating thousands of direct and indirect jobs as Gulftainer invests up to $700 million dollars to upgrade and expand the port.

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China’s major port adopts regulation to prevent shipping pollution

China Major Port Adopts Regulation to Prevent Shipping Pollution

December 6, 2019 –HellenICShippingNews.com

Qinhuangdao, China’s largest coal shipping port, has adopted a regulation to prevent air emissions from ships, local authorities said. The regulation, which has taken effect on December 1, stipulates that ships that emit “visible black smoke” for three minutes and above will be punished. Meanwhile, incinerators are banned in ships off the waters of Qinhuangdao, the regulation said. Priority will be given to the ships powered by fuel oil with sulphur content below 0.1% m/m in entry, load and unload, and departure of the port.

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Terminal Operator Aims to be Climate Neutral

Terminal Operator Aims to be Climate Neutral

December 2, 2019–GreenPort.com

A German terminal operator aims to become a climate-neutral company by 2040. Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), which operates three container terminals at the Port of Hamburg, is increasing its efforts to protect the environment by looking into new technologies to help it become climate neutral. Plans include its Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA), which became the first handling facility for containers in the world to be certified climate neutral by TÜV Nord in 2019. Operations at CTA are now primarily powered by green electricity. Terminal processes that still produce CO2 emissions today will be gradually electrified, or their transition to electrical power will be field-tested.

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