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Published: 6 December 2017      

San Pedro ports seek cold ironing alternative

Ports issue RFP for alternatives to shore power to achieve emissions reductions for bulk vessels at berth.

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have issued a Request for Proposals for “new technology to reduce at-berth emissions for non-container vessels, such as tankers, vehicle carriers, bulk and general cargo ships”.

Together the ports have invested over US$400M in shore power systems for vessels, mainly cruise and container ships, and have achieved significant reductions in vessels emissions, which are the largest single source of emissions in San Pedro harbour. “Cutting pollution from vessels is a key strategy in the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP), adopted in 2006. The CAAP, a landmark effort aimed at reducing health risks, was recently updated. The update calls for up to a 100% reduction in at-berth emissions from container and non-container vessels by 2030”.

To that end the ports have issues an RFP under their Technology Advancement Program worth US$1M ($500,000 from each port) to fund “demonstrations of one or more cost-effective technologies that can eliminate at-berth emissions from ships that don’t fall under the state’s shore power mandate. Proposers must provide at least a 50% match to the project cost". 

The full RFP can be downloaded here. Conditions include the proposer finding a marine terminal partner with access to suitable ocean going vessels (OGV), either at the proposal stage or within four months of receiving a conditional approval. 

While the RFP states the ports are looking for an exhaust capture and treatment system that can “eliminate” emissions, this does not mean full zero emission performance is expected. The RFP notes that shore power achieves “an approximately 90% emission reduction from OGV auxiliary engines hoteling at berth”, and the ports are aiming to achieve 90% of that figure with an exhaust capture system - i.e to capture at least 81% of Total Particulate Matter (PM), Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx), and Sulphur Oxides (SOx) emissions. Systems that achieve a higher level of reductions will be awarded more points at the evaluation stage. 

Proposals are due by Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. 






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