Jan 05, 2014

Shore Power at Port of Long Beach Reduces Emissions Equal to 33,000 Cars

After nearly three years of development and construction, The Port of Long Beach unveiled and announced last month that shore power was operational for the Pier C container shipping terminal, operated by Matson Navigation and SSA Terminals.

Shore power allows container and cargo ships to plug into electricity while docked in the harbor. Previously, electricity was generated by the constant operation of the ship’s diesel-powered auxiliary engines, often for two to three days at a time, burning 10 tons of fuel per day and contributing significantly to air pollution in the LA basin.

Studies have shown that by shutting down these engines and moving to shore power will reduce stack emissions by 90% — about the equivalent of taking 33,000 cars off the highways in the LA Basin each day.

“With shore power the ship can operate systems such as reefers, lights, pumps, ventilation and communications without contributing to pollution in our community,” said Kevin Peterson, President and CEO of P2S Engineering, the Long Beach firm that designed the Port’s new shore power systems. “Improved air quality is essential for a healthier and more productive community.”

According to Peterson, key features of the Pier C project included design and installation of two 5 MVA shore power substations equipped with a state-of the-art human/machine interface to ensure the safe connection and disconnection of power to ships. Eight shore power outlet boxes were retrofit into the existing two berths at Pier C.

Pier C marks the third location at the Port of Long Beach to be converted to shore power. P2S Engineering is working closely with Port officials to design and implement shore power solutions for other terminals prior to 2014.