San Pedro Bay Ports -- On August 4, eight local maritime firms were recognized at the second annual San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan Air Quality Awards for taking extraordinary steps to slash air pollution from their business operations. The award winning businesses include six marine terminal operators, a trucking line, and a railroad company in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
When the ports adopted the Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) in 2006 to cut pollution nearly by half by 2012, they called for the goods movement industry to join in the cause by going above and beyond the basic requirements of the plan.
"When it comes to cleaning the air we all breathe, the commitment and creativity of our customers never ceases to amaze me," said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D. "Each year more innovative technology and operations are being implemented on the docks, in the rail yards and on the streets. Congratulations to all of our award winners this year."
"The Clean Air Action Plan is well on track to reach its goal of cutting air pollution by 45%, thanks in large part to the enthusiastic participation of companies like the eight we honored today," said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Richard D. Steinke. "Their efforts to improve air quality and contribute to cleaner skies deserve praise and recognition."
Nominees were judged by a panel that included representatives of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the California Air Resources Board, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The 2009 winners for Significant Early Action To Reduce Air Pollution:
Total Transportation Services, Inc. (TTSI): A licensed motor carrier serving both ports, TTSI enthusiastically joined in the ports' commitment to clean air. A mere nine months after the ports adopted the San Pedro Bay Clean Air Action Plan, TTSI committed to converting its entire fleet of 106 drayage trucks to a completely green fleet of clean diesel and liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles. TTSI was able to complete the conversion in a year's time. TTSI has again backed up its reputation as an innovator in the drayage community.
Mitsubishi Cement Corp. at the Port of Long Beach: Mitsubishi installed a shore power system at its dry bulk terminal to provide clean power to cement ships berthed there. A cooperative effort with the Port and City of Long Beach, Mitsubishi has been plugging in their cement ships since July 2005. Vessels calling at the Mitsubishi berth spend an average of 75% of their time plugged in to shore power, significantly reducing air pollution.
Seaside Transportation Services, LLC (STS) at the Port of Los Angeles: Seaside, the operator of the Evergreen Terminal container terminal, embarked upon significant early actions to reduce diesel particulate emissions from its operations. Seaside limited idling yard equipment to save fuel and reduce exhaust; replaced yard trucks ahead of state-required deadlines; and implemented a project to test diesel particulate filters on rubber-tired gantry cranes, top handlers and side handlers. (The filters in the test reduced particulates by 85%.) Affiliated ocean carrier Evergreen contributed by participating in the Vessel Speed Reduction and low-sulfur fuel programs.