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South Coast Port Expands Ship Pollution Reduction Program

A South Coast port is putting final touches on a project which will allow cargo ships to turn off their polluting diesel engines while docked, and use cleaner onshore electricity to power the vessels.

The Port of Hueneme’s Grid Connected Shore Power System will allow three vessels at a time to access shore power. The completion of Phase II of the project will allow refrigerated cargo vessels, known as “Reefer Vessels” to use electricity instead of the ship’s diesel engines.

It’s expected that the new system will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from refrigerated cargo ships by more than 50%, and other gas emissions by more than 90%.