South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) have been awarded a US$2m grant to upgrade the engines on 12 rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes.
The grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant programme will help to equip the port’s RTGs with hybrid battery/genset engine systems, replacing the existing hi-power diesel engines.
The new engines are meant to reduce emissions of particulate matter, air toxins and nitrogen oxides by up to 96% while reducing annual fuel consumption by over 100,000 gallons.
These cranes are used to move and stack cargo boxes at the Wando Welch Terminal.
Stephen Brisben, mechanical technical specialist for SCPA’s heavy lift maintenance department, stated: “This aligns with our efforts to upgrade equipment to both improve air quality standards in the Lowcountry and enhance terminal operations.”
2019 marks the tenth year of DERA projects funded in South Carolina. Funds have been used in a range of projects across the Palmetto State to replace inefficient diesel engines and equipment and also promote the use of more environmentally sound fuels.