Ships Slow Down for Cleaner Air

Ships Slow Down for Cleaner Air

June 28, 2019 —AJOT

More than 135 shipping lines at the Port of Long Beach recently were lauded for voluntarily participating in the Port’s Green Flag Incentive Program, which offers financial incentives for cargo vessels to slow down near the port to reduce air pollution. Ocean carriers were recently presented with Green Flags for opting into the environmental initiative last year by slowing ships to 12 knots or less within 20 or 40 nautical miles of the Port of Long Beach.

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Battle Underway at the Port of LA: Driverless Cargo Handlers vs. Jobs

Battle Underway at the Port of LA: Driverless Cargo Handlers vs. Jobs

June 27, 2019 —City Watch

This construction permit is just a small part of Maersk’s ambitious plan to introduce up to 130 driverless electric powered cargo handlers that will increase the efficiency of its container operations. This capital-intensive project will also reduce emissions consistent with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s New Green Deal. Unfortunately, the politically powerful International Longshore and Warehouse Union is opposed Maersk’s plan because it believes that it will result in the loss of an estimated 500 jobs.

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IMO 2020 compliance: emissions reduction tactics considered

IMO 2020 compliance: emissions reduction tactics considered

June 24, 2019 —Hellenic Shipping News

As the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) new rules governing shipping emissions post-2020 approach, shipping operators are weighing their options. By 1 January 2020, ships must have transitioned to using fuel with a sulphur content of no more than 0.5%, compared to the current limit of 3.5%. The IMO says: ‘Simply put, limiting sulphur oxides [SOx] emissions from ships reduces air pollution and results in a cleaner environment. Reducing SOx also reduces particulate matter, tiny harmful particles which form when fuel is burnt.

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About 40 Idle Vehicle Violations Issued in Newark During DEP Sweep

About 40 Idle Vehicle Violations Issued in Newark During DEP Sweep

June 21, 2019 —Tap Into Newark

NEWARK, NJ – About 40 idling violations were issued to diesel vehicles during a two-day sweep operation last month that involved the state Department of Environmental Protection and Newark police. Areas that citizen groups identified as potential locations for excessive vehicle idling were targeted on May 20 and 21 during the sweep. Thirty-nine idling violations were handed out to diesel vehicles along with six smoke emissions tickets, according to the DEP. The DEP’s Division of Air Enforcement, Essex Regional Health Commission, the Newark Police Department and the Port Authority’s Commercial Vehicle Inspection teams participated in the operation.

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New Tool Helps Communities Address Goods Movement Needs

New Tool Helps Communities Address Goods Movement Needs

June 21, 2019 —NJTPA

The NJTPA has developed a web tool to help communities address issues involving goods movement by trucks. The NJTPA region relies on vehicles of all sizes to deliver goods to our many communities, whether that’s large trucks delivering food to local grocery stores or smaller delivery vans bringing packages directly to residents’ homes.

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Port of New Orleans Expands Electric Vehicle Fleet

Port of New Orleans Expands Electric Vehicle Fleet

June 20, 2019 —Big Easy Magazine

On Tuesday, June 18, the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) expanded their electric vehicle fleet with the help of the Clean Fuel Transition Fund for Public Fleets, which is managed by the Regional Planning Commission’s (RPC) Clean Fuel Partnership program…In this case, the funding provided by the program was used to offset the cost of adding two plug-in hybrid electric Ford F-150s equipped with regenerative braking and a high voltage lithium battery along with other extended range technology. These systems, developed by XL – a company dedicated to proving fleet electrification solutions – help to reduce the vehicle’s miles per gallon by as much as 50 percent and decrease the vehicle’s emissions by as much as a 33 percent.

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Port Report: NY-NJ port readies for No. 2 slot in U.S. container trade

Port Report: NY-NJ port readies for No. 2 slot in U.S. container trade

June 20, 2019 —Freight Waves

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said this week that it is ready to be the second largest port in the U.S., thanks to the completion of the ExpressRail Port Jersey facility at the GCT Bayonne marine terminal. The Port Authority said in a none-too-subtle way that it “bolstered its already lofty ranking” among other U.S. ports with its third on-dock rail yard, joining three other facilities in Elizabeth, Newark and Staten Island. Those facilities, along with $4 billion in capital upgrades and the raising of the Bayonne Bridge, mean the port “is poised to surpass Long Beach and become the nation’s No. 2 busiest cargo port for the first time in more than two decades,” it added.

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Port of Oakland approves Seaport Air Quality 2020 and Beyond Plan

Port of Oakland approves Seaport Air Quality 2020 and Beyond Plan

June 17, 2019 —AJOT

Port of Oakland Commissioners have approved an air quality plan intended to drastically cut diesel and greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the Port’s maritime operations. The plan, called the Seaport Air Quality 2020 and Beyond Plan, envisions a zero-emissions operation in the future. The Oakland Board of Port Commissioners voted last week to approve the 259-page plan. The Port said that the plan would provide a framework for maritime development for the next 30 years. The plan calls for changes in equipment, operations, fuels and infrastructure at the seaport.

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The Future of Hydrogen

The Future of Hydrogen

June 14, 2019 —International Energy Agency

The time is right to tap into hydrogen’s potential to play a key role in a clean, secure and affordable energy future. At the request of the government of Japan under its G20 presidency, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has produced this landmark report to analyse the current state of play for hydrogen and to offer guidance on its future development. The report finds that clean hydrogen is currently enjoying unprecedented political and business momentum, with the number of policies and projects around the world expanding rapidly. It concludes that now is the time to scale up technologies and bring down costs to allow hydrogen to become widely used. The pragmatic and actionable recommendations to governments and industry that are provided will make it possible to take full advantage of this increasing momentum.

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Neste, PANYNJ collaborate to facilitate use of sustainable fuels

Neste, PANYNJ collaborate to facilitate use of sustainable fuels

June 6, 2019 —Biodiesel Magazine

Renewable diesel and biojet fuel producer Neste Corp. and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on its joint sustainable fuel initiative. The partners will be working together to facilitate the use of sustainable transportation fuels at port authority facilities and in its fleet vehicles and equipment, including renewable aviation fuel, renewable diesel, renewable propane and other sustainable fuel products.

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