The Port of Long Beach in the US has received grant funding from California Air Resources Board (CARB) to install hydrogen and electric-powered cargo-handling equipment at two of its shipping terminals.

The $5.3m grant is part of the Commercialization of POLB Off-Road Technology Demonstration Project (C-PORT) and will see the port test the feasibility of zero-emissions equipment that can be used for docking activities.

The test will be conducted under the California Climate Investments programme, a statewide initiative that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as strengthen the economy and improve public health and environment, particularly in deprived communities.

Scheduled to begin next year, the test will also provide input for the port’s Academy of Global Logistics at Cabrillo High School to support education and workforce development for new port technologies.

Port of Long Beach Harbor Commission president Lou Anne Bynum said: “The progress we’ve made in reducing pollution is a model for seaports everywhere, with diesel emissions alone down almost 90% since we adopted the Clean Air Action Plan in 2005.

“This equipment will further contribute to a cleaner environment for our neighbouring communities.”

“Still, we are not satisfied. This equipment will further contribute to a cleaner environment for our neighbouring communities.”

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The proposed test will comprise three cargo-moving vehicles called ‘top handlers’ with never-before-tested battery-electric systems, as well as two-yard trucks.

Two of the three handlers will be tested at SSA Marine’s Pacific Container Terminal at Pier J, while the other one will be trialled at Long Beach Container Terminal at Pier E.

A comparison will also be made between hydrogen fuel cell and battery-electric technology in yard trucks as part of the project.

One of the two-yard trucks will be powered by fuel cell and the other will run on battery-electric. Both the trucks will be tested at Long Beach Container Terminal at Pier E.