Port of Oakland to add new equipment to cut emissions from ships


The Port of Oakland in the US has commissioned new equipment that will be used to reduce emissions from ships.

A high-voltage cable system will be deployed at Oakland International Container Terminal as part of the development, which will connect an increased number of vessels to Oakland’s landside power grid.

The 200ft long cable-on-reel system will be connected to ships that are unable to closely align with landside electrical vaults at the berth.

Ships plugged into the vaults will switch off their onboard diesel engines and rely on grid power, thereby emitting no harmful elements during the duration of their stays at the port.

The $230,000 cable system also features a 10ft tall reel, which is affixed to a trailer. 

The mobile platform can be deployed alongside any vessel to allow the cable to connect ships to one of the marine terminal’s 18 shore-power electrical vaults.

"The new technology will help the port to boost its ship emission reduction programme, which has seen the facility cut its emissions by 76% since 2009."

Oakland’s existing landside electrical system is capable of connecting around 400 vessels at any one time.

Port of Oakland Engineering director Chris Chan said: “We’re continually working to reduce emissions; this is a way to build on our success and extend our reach.”

Engineers at the port have already conducted two trials of the mobile cable system and are expected to fully deploy the technology before the end of the year.

The new technology will help the port to boost its ship emission reduction programme, which has seen the facility cut its emissions by 76% since 2009.

GSC Logistics previously announced plans to test its battery-powered big rig technology at the Port of Oakland earlier this month.

The three-year test will be a part of an effort to determine the feasibility of zero-emission freight hauling.