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Port of Oakland Approves Green Upgrades at TraPac Terminal for Sustainable Operations
By Seaandcoast | 20/05/2023
In a significant move towards sustainability, the Port of Oakland has granted approval for green upgrades at the TraPac terminal, a vital marine facility located within the Oakland Seaport. The decision, made by the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners, marks a milestone in the port's commitment to environmental responsibility and sets a positive example for the industry.
As part of the approved plan, TraPac, the terminal operator, will undertake several initiatives to enhance the eco-friendliness of its cargo handling equipment. The centerpiece of these efforts involves retrofitting three rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs) to operate on hybrid-diesel fuel, a significant shift away from traditional diesel-powered machinery. This conversion is expected to result in a remarkable 95% reduction in emissions generated by these cranes, showcasing TraPac's dedication to minimizing its environmental impact.
To further solidify its commitment to sustainability, TraPac has committed to purchasing four new hybrid RTGs by the end of 2024. These state-of-the-art cranes, equipped with advanced hybrid technology, will provide another opportunity for substantial emissions reduction, contributing to the overall goal of creating a greener and cleaner maritime operation.
Bryan Brandes, the Maritime Director of the Port of Oakland, expressed appreciation for TraPac's collaboration in implementing these transformative changes. He highlighted the port's reputation as an efficient and convenient hub for importers and exporters and commended TraPac for its proactive steps towards embracing greener practices.
TraPac, which has been operating at the Port of Oakland since 1991, has continuously demonstrated its commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship. This endeavor aligns with the port's vision of establishing itself as a leading eco-friendly seaport, catering to the evolving demands of the industry and ensuring a sustainable future for global trade.
The Port of Oakland has been actively engaged in exploring green initiatives and forging partnerships to drive positive change in seaport operations. Recently, the port met with a delegation of Japanese Ministry officials to discuss collaborative efforts and strategies aimed at achieving zero emissions within seaport activities. This commitment to international cooperation demonstrates the port's dedication to sustainability on a global scale.