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Oakland to spend US$6 million to electrify 13 diesel RTGs

OAKLAND's largest marine terminal operator plans to retrofit 13 diesel-powered rubber tyre gantry cranes (RTG) with diesel-electric hybrid engines to reduce air pollution.

The upgrade is expected to eliminate more than 45 tons of exhaust emissions annually at the Port of Oakland, reports the American Journal of Transportation.

The projected cost to upgrade the RTGs is more than US$6 million. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District this month approved a $5.1 million Community Health Protection Grant Programme / Carl Moyer Program allocation for the project. The cranes will continue to operate at SSA's Oakland International Container Terminal in the port.

"We're delighted that SSA is taking a lead role in curbing emissions," said Port of Oakland maritime director John Driscoll. "And we're grateful that their initiative has the support of the Air District.

SSA's hybrid cranes will operate primarily on electricity with diesel used only for battery charging. The cranes will also regenerate battery power while lowering containers, which can weigh more than 30 tons.

Source: Schednet

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