The Port of Long Beach Clean Air Project is well underway with new funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation. As the recipient of the department’s $30.1 million grant, the port announces exciting plans to deploy the nation’s largest fleet of manually operated, zero-emissions cargo handling equipment at a single marine terminal.
In a news release posted Friday, October 28, Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero shared how the grant will further the port’s path toward zero emissions. “It is everything we strive for as the nation’s most sustainable seaport—moving cargo in a way that protects the health of our residents while ensuring our operations can continue to grow and support the economy.”
According to the port, the funding comes from the U.S. Maritime Administration’s 2022 Port Infrastructure Development Program. The federal grant will sponsor the replacement of diesel yard tractors at the Long Beach Container Terminal with 60 electric human-operated units.
The funding will also cover the construction of energy efficiency-enhancing electric equipment charging stations, software equipment installation to modernize cargo-handling operations, and training for operators and maintenance personnel.
This isn’t the first time that the Port of Long Beach Clean Air Project received an outpouring of support for its cause. In September of this year, trucking company and port partner 4 Gen Logistics announced its mission to fully convert its fleet to zero emissions by 2025—a full decade before the 2035 deadline.
All these upgrades are in full support of the port’s goals of using entirely zero-emissions cargo-handling equipment by 2030 and a zero-emissions drayage truck fleet by 2035. With these favorable movements, the Port of Long Beach is cementing its position as an industry leader in advancing cleaner and greener cargo movement.