Port of Long Beach Pier J SSA Marine (SSA), which operates three container terminals at the Port of Long Beach, is the first operator to transition its fleet of cargo handling equipment from fossil fuels to renewable diesel fuel.

The move is expected to achieve a 68% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

The switch involves more than 230 pieces of equipment at the company’s Long Beach terminals. SSA voluntarily converted its fuel to support the goals of the Clean Air Action Plan, which calls for greenhouse gas emissions to be 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.

“Reducing these emissions would not be possible without the leadership shown by partners like SSA Marine. SSA’s vision and hard work to make its operations cleaner shows the goods movement industry the way to a greener future,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero

Port of Long Beach Commission Chairman Steven Neal commented, “We know that people look to the Port of Long Beach and our partners to lead by example when it comes to sustainability. This is what can be done immediately to reduce greenhouse gases while developing new technologies to reach our goal of zero emissions. Thanks to SSA for this transformation.”

Renewable diesel has the same chemical energy as traditional diesel fuel but is synthesised from sources such as animal fat from food waste, used cooking oil and soybean oil. In addition to its port-wide renewable fuel transition, SSA is working on other initiatives to transition its cargo handling fleet to zero emissions by 2030.

Source: Seatrade Maritime News