Draft Update to the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy
The Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy is a collaborative effort between the Port of Seattle, Port of Tacoma and Port Metro Vancouver (Canada) to reduce emissions from shipping and port operations in the Georgia Basin – Puget Sound airshed.
The first strategy was developed in 2007. A draft update to the strategy has been developed and the Port is seeking public comment through July 31.
Read the draft update here.
Both the original strategy and the draft update seek to:
- Reduce maritime and port-related air quality impacts on human health, the environment, and the economy
- Reduce contribution to climate change through co-benefits associated with reducing air quality impacts
- Help the Georgia Basin/Puget Sound Airshed continue to meet air quality standards and objectives
Current Strategy Performance Measures
2010 Performance Summary
More about ABC Fuels
- 72.4% of all frequent ocean-going vessel calls met or exceeded the 2010 performance measure
- 100% of cruise ships met performance goal (223 vessel calls)
- Terminal 91 provided shore power for two cruise ships to simultaneously plug in (zero emissions)
- 62% of frequently calling container vessel calls met performance goal (387 vessel calls)
- 55% of all equipment met the performance measure
- 100% of diesel equipment used ultra low-sulfur fuel and/or biodiesel
In late 2010, equipment failure forced 81 diesel multi-stage emission filters to be removed.
More about Clean Trucks
- 100% of drayage trucks met the measure through outreach, engine retrofits, or incentive programs.
- 280 pre-1994 model year drayage trucks were removed from service (program completed in 2011)
- Drayage Truck Registry Program and free truck parking made available in Terminal 25
- Replaced engines
- Added idle-reduction and friction-reduction technologies
- Used low-sulfur fuels
- Louis Dreyfus switcher locomotive engines reduced fuel consumption by 50%
- BNSF Railway North Seattle International Gateway became electric powered
All Puget Sound tug boat operations are voluntarily using low-sulphur fuels.
Made progress through:
- Conservation programs
- Hybrid vehicle fleets
- Trip reductions