In an initiative that cuts diesel emissions, the Port of Oakland has okayed the installation of a 200-foot cable-on-reel system. This will enable vessels to connect with the port’s landside power grid. It will connect to ships that currently are not capable of closely aligning with landside electrical vaults at berth. When the ships plug into the vaults, they will switch off onboard diesel engines and rely on grid power resulting in no diesel emissions during Oakland calls.
With this system, ships will be able to connect to one of the terminals’s 18 shore power electrical vaults. The USD 230,000 cable system has already been tested by the port’s engineers twice and is estimated to be in use by the last quarter of the year.
Shorepower is one of a series of steps employed to reduce ship emissions in Oakland. The others are converting ships to cleaner-burning low-sulfur fuel when they near the California coast, moving ships quickly in-and-out of Port so they are not sent to anchor in San Francisco Bay with engines running while awaiting berths and consolidating cargo on fewer but larger ships to reduce the number of vessel calls.
The Port’s Director of Engineering said, “We’re continually working to reduce emissions,” He further added, “This is a way to build on our success and extend our reach.”
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