The Port of Long Beach in the US, in collaboration with Southern California Edison and the California Energy Commission, has launched a new pilot project to achieve zero-emissions at the seaport.

Funding for the project includes a $9.7m grant from the California Energy Commission.

The project will see the inclusion of 25 zero or near-zero-emissions vehicles to the Port of Long Beach marine terminals for one year to test their performance in a real-world setting.

Expected to minimise greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,323t and smog-causing nitrogen oxides by 27t annually, the project aims to save more than 270,000 gallons of diesel fuel by switching to zero-emissions equipment.

As part of the project, nine diesel-electric rubber-tire gantry cranes will be converted into fully electric equipment at one terminal, and 12 battery-electric yard tractors will be bought for two other terminals of the port.

Four liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks will also be converted into plug-in hybrid-electric trucks for a drayage trucking firm.

“The Clean Air Action Plan has set a goal of switching all terminal equipment to zero emissions by 2030.”

Pacific Container Terminal situated at Long Beach’s Pier J and operated by SSA Terminals is among the three terminals participating in the project.

Port of Long Beach executive director Mario Cordero said: “This project is another example of the goods movement industry, equipment builders, utilities and public agencies stepping up to reach for the goal of zero emissions.

“Today, you can see how everyone is coming together to meet that challenge.”

With the latest project, the port intends to meet the updated goals of Clean Air Action Plan, which was approved last year by the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

The Clean Air Action Plan has set a goal of switching all terminal equipment to zero emissions by 2030.