“Today we move from talking about how we’re going to “grow green” at the Port of Los Angeles to actually doing it out on the terminals,” said S. David Freeman, president of the Los Angeles Harbor Commission. “This project sets the new industry standard for responsible and environmentally sustainable cargo terminal expansion.”
The TraPac Terminal expansion, between berths 136 and 147 will allow TraPac to expand cargo handling 900,000 teu (baseline year 2003) to 2.4m teu by 2025. At the same time, particulate matter of less than 2.5 microns will be reduced by 75% and nitrogen oxides (NOx) will drop by 55% below baseline levels as a result of mitigation measures applied during project operations. By 2015, total project emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC), nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur oxides (SOx), and particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) will be reduced approximately 50%. The health risks associated with the modernised terminal operations will be well below regulatory standards of significance and will reduce the estimated cancer risk associated with terminal operations.
A variety of environmental mitigation measures are included in the project: requirements of vessel speed reductions when ships are transiting within the South Coast Air Basin; use of lower-sulfur fuel in ships; plugging ships into shore-side electric power while at berth (AMP or Alternative Maritime Power); use of clean container handling terminal equipment; construction of a new on-dock rail facility; traffic-relieving surface road and terminal entry improvements; clean trucks meeting EPA 2007 standards; and energy-efficient “Gold” LEED standard terminal offices.