The Port of Hueneme has entered the second phase of its Grid-Connected Shore Power System Project, the largest greenhouse gas emissions reduction initiative in the county’s history. Use of Shore Power at-berth allows refrigerated cargo vessels to rely on the terminal’s electrical grid for energy rather than auxiliary marine engines operating on diesel.
“The Port of Hueneme is an essential economic driver to our region and I am proud to have worked with community stakeholders and port leaders to support the grant for Phase II of the Shore Power Project,” said Congresswoman Julia Brownley who attended the ribbon cutting ceremony. “This project is a win for improving our environment, growing our local economy, and increasing the competitiveness of the port in the international marketplace.”
Community leaders in attendance for the ribbon cutting ceremony also included County Supervisor Kathy Long, Sabiha Khan with Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office, Port of Hueneme Mayor Douglas Breeze, and Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) Chairman Keith Millhouse.
This project “represents a giant leap forward for the Port and the community” stated Kristin Decas, Port of Hueneme Director and President of the California Association of Port Authorities (CAPA). “Over the lifetime of this project, annual emissions from refrigerated cargo vessels also known as “reefer vessels” will be significantly reduced.” The reductions are expected to include a 92% reduction in PM, a 98% reduction in NOx, and a 55% reduction in greenhouse gasses.
The Port of Hueneme, and all CAPA member ports, are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions while increasing California’s competitiveness and maintaining our leadership role in the maritime industry.