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Port of Oakland ramps up shore power target

Port of Oakland ramps up shore power target

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The Port of Oakland has set itself a target of having every visiting vessel plugged in to shore power in order to reduce diesel emissions into the air around the facility, it said in a release.

In a meeting with member lines of the World Shipping Council, the port’s executive director Chris Lytle said the aim was to expand co-operation between shipping lines and the port’s terminal operators so as to improve the progress already made in the area of emissions reductions.

Oakland has reduced diesel emissions by 75% in the past decade. A lot of that improvement came from measures targeting truck emissions.

The northern California port’s shore power programme started in 2012. For its new target, it will add extra landside electrical vaults and more substations to increase power supply as well as standardizing procedures to make it easier for vessel crews to plug in.

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Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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