SSA Marine and Port of San Diego Adding Battery Electric Forklifts to Decarbonize Terminal Operations

March 13, 2024
The battery electric forklift is a 55,000-pound capacity zero-emissions heavy-duty forklift capable of lifting up to 25 metric tons

SSA Marine, an independent marine terminal operator, has put a Wiggins Yard eBull battery electric forklift into operation at the Port of San Diego’s Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal.

This is the first of six zero-emissions handling equipment pieces the company will introduce to the terminal over the next 12 to 18 months.

In preparation for delivery, the Port of San Diego has completed the initial installation of the electrical infrastructure needed to support the operation of this equipment.

The battery electric forklift, developed by Wiggins Lift, is a 55,000-pound capacity zero-emissions heavy-duty forklift capable of lifting up to 25 metric tons.

The forklift has been named “The Carrillo” in recognition of SSA Marine Regional Vice President Joe Carrillo, who facilitated the arrival of the first large-capacity electric forklift fleet in the US at terminals in the Ports of West Sacramento and Stockton.

“SSA Marine is proud to partner with the Port of San Diego to demonstrate the potential of zero-emissions equipment in a marine terminal environment and to further understand what the long-term benefits could look like,” said Bill Fitz, SVP of SSA Marine’s Conventional Division. “We look forward to continuing to work together to transition additional pieces of zero-emissions cargo handling equipment in the years ahead.”

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