SSA Marine completes Electrification of Gantry Cranes at Port of Long Beach

Nov. 2, 2022
SSA Marine completed the multi-year project converting nine ZPMC RTGs to all grid-tied electric at the Pier J terminal. The multi-million-dollar project was supported by a $9.7 million grant from the California Energy Commission

The Port of Long Beach is one of the busiest container shipping depots in the world and also one of the most committed to decarbonizing its operations over the next decade.

Projects to achieve this are under way from construction of a microgrid to electric vehicle charging and renewable projects.

Electrification of operations is one of the big spokes in the wheel of the Port of Long Beach’s clean energy plans. The latest in that journey is completion of the conversion of 1,000-horsepower rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs) from diesel-electric to 100 percent grid-tied electric at the port’s Pier J terminal.

SSA Marine completed the multi-year project converting nine ZPMC RTGs to all electric at the Pier J terminal. The multi-million-dollar project was supported by a $9.7 million grant from the California Energy Commission. Project partners include Port of Long Beach, Southern California Edison, Cavotec, and the California Energy Commission.

“SSA is thankful for the opportunity to partner with the Port of Long Beach and the California Energy Commission to complete this project,” said Scott Hainlen, superintendent at SSA Terminals. “We look forward to continuing our efforts in reducing emissions from all our operations in Long Beach.”

The Pier J eRTG project is estimated to eliminate consumption of diesel fuel by 225,000 gallons per year, reducing emissions of criteria air pollutants and greenhouse gases from SSA Marine’s operations.

“SSA Marine has long been a leader in the testing and deployment of technologies to reduce emissions from maritime operations. The completion of the Pier J eRTG project is another great example of this innovative spirit and commitment to the environment,” said Ed DeNike, president of SSA Containers, in a statement.

SSA Marine is one the world’s largest privately held marine terminal operators, with activities at more than 250 terminal and rail operations.

The Port of Long Beach, combined with the nearby Port of Los Angeles, transports nearly 20 million twenty-foot equivalent units of cargo per year, according to World Shipping Council reports.

A significant increase in shipping volume pushed the Port of Long Beach’s annual greenhouse gas emissions 22 percent over 2005 levels, a recent report noted.

The facility is pursuing a number of decarbonization projects, including a clean energy microgrid for its command and control center, EV charging for on-site vehicles and commitment to the Shanghai-Los Angeles Green Shipping Corridor.

Long Beach Harbor Commission President Steven Neal previously has said that the Port of Long Beach has several environmental initiatives planned with an aim to reaching zero-emission terminal operations by 2030 and truck operations by 2035.

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(Rod Walton, senior editor for EnergyTech, is a 14-year veteran of covering the energy industry both as a newspaper and trade journalist. He can be reached at [email protected]). 

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