Shore Power picks up in the state of Washington

by Aug 12, 2022

Port of Tacoma’s Husky Container Terminal is set to be equipped with a shore power system as the construction begins this month to allow ships to plug into the local electrical grid while at berth. This is in line with the port’s Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy and its goal to reduce emissions to zero by 2050. The Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy is a collaborative cross country effort between the Port of Tacoma, Port of Seattle, The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA), and Vancouver Fraser Port Authority in British Columbia, Canada to reduce air and greenhouse gas emissions from shipping and port operations in the ports’ shared airshed. Initially adopted in 2008 and recently updated in 2020, it aims the ports’ renewed the Strategy with a new vision to phase out emissions from seaport-related activities by 2050, supporting cleaner air for our local communities and fulfilling our shared responsibility to help limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Strategy was developed in partnership with the following entities:
1. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
2. Washington State Department of Ecology
3. Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
4. Metro Vancouver
5. Province of British Columbia
6. Transport Canada
7. Environment Canada
The 2020 revision brings a solid commitment to the Paris Climate Accord and the IMO’s maritime de carbonization target of achieving a 75% reduction in maritime Greenhouse Gas emissions by 2050. The Husky Container Terminal project comes under this vision to decarbonize shipping on the west coast of US and Canada and further compliments activities already being taken up by CARB in the neighboring state of California.
Furthermore, the goal of Clean Air Strategy also includes to equip all major cruise terminals of the participating ports with shore power systems by 2030 and achieve a 100% shore power coverage for cruise calls on these three ports. It also require the said ports to actively enable the upgradation of land side facilities for new shore power installations and to participate in pilot projects for new vessel types in the future.
Under this plan the Port of Tacoma wants to achieve the following:
1. Install two additional shore power systems for container ships in addition to the one being built at Husky Terminal
2. Replace Diesel forklifts and Tractors with electric models
3. Expand their “clean truck program” and “scrap and replace program” to procure zero emission trucks
4. Transition 15 administration vehicles to plug-in hybrid or electric by 2030 and entire fleet of 120 vehicles by 2050

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