Friday, October 27, 2017

Port of Oakland Freight Handler Spends Big on Cleaning the Air

Efforts to Cut Pollution at Port Continue
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US – A second Port of Oakland freight handler is joining the effort to clean up the air around the Port. Trucking and warehousing specialist Impact Transportation is spending more than $ 1 million on cleaner cargo-handling equipment. The company is buying nine new forklift trucks, plus a yard tractor to reduce diesel emissions. The equipment will run on either propane or diesel fuel, the latter operating with Tier 4F engines which meet the Environmental Protection Agency's toughest diesel exhaust restrictions.

“We comply with all local, state and federal regulations but we’re also doing this for the health and safety of our employees, our closest Oakland neighbours and the entire Port community.”

The company’s equipment upgrades could have a measurable impact on Oakland air quality, Port officials said. Impact handles more than 100,000 20-foot containers worth of cargo annually at its facility on Port property. Impact Transportation President Ron Cancilla commented:

“We comply with all local, state and federal regulations but we’re also doing this for the health and safety of our employees, our closest Oakland neighbours and the entire Port community.”

Impact becomes the second major freight-hauler at the Port this month to attack diesel emissions. GSC Logistics, another Oakland trucking firm, last week received its first battery-powered truck for a three-year trial.

According to the Port of Oakland, diesel emissions from Oakland cargo-handling operations have already declined 82% since 2005. It traced the improvement to the Port’s clean air strategy, which includes equipment upgrades by tenants. The Port said it expects another 16% reduction by 2020 with help from freight-haulers and marine terminals.