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Shanghai to develop shore power at cruise terminal with LA help

Cold ironing in Port of Los Angeles
China’s Shanghai port and US Port of Los Angeles have formed an ‘eco-partnership’ to help expand shoreside power at Shanghai's Baoshan Cruise Terminal (Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal).

The partnership will begin by developing a plan within the next 30 days to implement a three-year initiative for the shore power program.

Specifically, Los Angeles port will share knowledge with Shanghai port on topics that include regulations, rules, standards, policies, electricity rates and incentive programs to promote shore power.

Apart from developing the shore power at Shanghai's Baoshan Cruise Terminal, the program will also be extended to the Yangshan Deepwater Port (Phase III).

'This new partnership and our demonstration projects will bring significant and positive impacts to Pacific ports and advance sustainable port development to maximize air quality benefits far beyond what can be accomplished by a single port,' said the Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission (SMTC), which oversees Shanghai port.

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti hailed China’s growing interest in reducing vessel emissions as part of its larger efforts to improve air quality. Garcetti said the eco-partnership strengthens ties established in 1998 under a Los Angeles-Shanghai Friendship Port Agreement.

'Los Angeles continues to see the health and economic benefits of green growth, and we are eager to support our number one trading partner as it expands its shore power program,' Garcetti said.

Shore power, which allows ships at berth to turn off auxiliary engines and run on shoreside electricity to power vital onboard systems, reduces engine emissions of diesel particulate matter (DPM), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulphur oxides (SOx) by up to 95% per vessel call, according to Los Angeles port.

Shore power is among the numerous clean air strategies Los Angeles port has implemented to reduce pollution from ships and other port-related sources. From 2005 to 2012, the US port cut emissions of DPM by 7%, SOx by 88%and NOx by 56%.