Port of Oakland operators are investing in hybrid power packs to reduce environmental impact. The project is worth US$6M
Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) is converting 13 RTGs to hybrid power packs to save an estimated 45 tons per annum of pollutants, according to a statement issued by the port authority
The first hybrid crane began service on 5th March and the rest of the terminal’s retrofitted fleet will come on line by next year. Each crane is being equipped with batteries and new, smaller diesel back-up engines.
“This is the Prius of cargo-handling equipment,” said Port of Oakland’s Environmental Planner Catherine Mukai. “We’re gratified that our partners at the terminal are taking this step to help clear the air.”
In July 2018, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District awarded the terminal operator, SSA Terminals, a US$5M grant for the hybrid project through its Community Health Protection Grant Program. SSA Terminals is spending about US$1M more to retrofit its cranes. According to the port, the terminal operator could recoup its cost within two years, thanks to fuel savings
“We depend heavily on our RTGs to keep cargo flowing smoothly,” said Jim Rice, General Manager at OICT. “We’re pleased to find a solution that makes us more efficient and at the same time benefits the environment.”