Ships Required To Shore Up For Power
Container ships at the Port of Oakland are faced with a 2014 deadline to convert their diesel auxiliary engine to a shore plug-in system. To help with the estimated US$90 million price tag on the project, the Air Quality Management District has awarded a US$5 million grant to bring electrical shore power to three Oakland Berths.
In addition to the grant, the Port has raised another US$13 million towards its shore power goal.
The maritime industry is also investing approximately US$1 billion to retrofit their vessels with the system to plug in to shore power.
Along with the 2014 deadline, the California Air Resources Board had ruled that 80% of all ships in dock at California ports must plug in to shore power. The Oakland port board of commissioners hopes to exceed that goal by 5%.