Clean Air Is Not Just a Goal but a Promise

Shore Power Infrastructure Complete OaklandThe Port of Oakland, along with representatives from the US Maritime Administration (MARAD), Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA), Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)/Federal Highway Administration as well as local and state air districts celebrated the completion of their shoreside power infrastructure.  Shoreside power, or “cold ironing,” is the practice of turning off the ship’s engines at dock and plugging into electrical power to run ship operations.

Shoreside power is a not only an element of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations but also a commitment on the part of the Port of Oakland whose commissioners, in 2008, pledged to reduce diesel emissions by 85% by 2020.  They are well on their way to living up to that promise…as of 2012, diesel particulates had been reduced by 70%.