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Seattle port proposes new clean trucks plan

The of Port of Seattle has come up with a new clean trucks plan designed to keep older, more polluting trucks of the port’s terminals and surrounding roads.

Port staffer’s this week also unveiled a plan to give a break to its maritime cargo customers through fee reductions and some payment deferrals.

Taken together, these actions will help to protect the economic and environmental interests of the region, the port said. The plans were presented to the five member Port of Seattle Commission for approval.

We’re fighting to protect 12,000 seaport jobs in the face of an economic hurricane,” said Port Commission President Bill Bryant. “This proposal protects jobs and our environment. It’s a win-win in a difficult time.”

In the clean air package, the port said it will contribute $2.3 million to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA). It said the funds will go to programs that reduce diesel emission from maritime sources, including ocean going vessels, trucks, and cargo handling equipment. “Additional funds available from other sources will be used to replace older trucks with newer, cleaner retrofits that produce less pollution,” it said.

If the commission approves this plan, the port would begin offering 100 overnight truck parking spaces for area truckers in July. The designated truck parking will reduce congestion in the neighboring communities of South Park and Georgetown.

Earlier this year, the port implemented the At Berth Clean (ABC) fuel program for ocean going vessels. The program reduces vessel emissions under the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy. The port noted it has the only shore power facility that can power two at-berth cruise vessels at the same terminal.

The customer “relief package” – as the port described it – is focused on terminal operators whose revenues depend on the number of cargo containers they handle. Port container cargo was down 37 percent in February 2009 as consumer spending continued to drop, endangering the jobs that cargo generates.

The customer support program, also subject to Commission approval, would go into effect from June 2009 to June 2010, although adjustments could be made as economic conditions change. The package offered to Seattle terminal operators is “proportionally similar” to what Los Angeles and Long Beach have offered their terminal operators, the port said.

Out of Africa: DHL’s first carbon-neutral express shipments from Africa

A green supply chain is possible. DHL said today that it has sent its first carbon-neutral express shipments from Africa, a shipment of trophies commemorating the first anniversary of the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net) of the UN’s Environment Program.

The trophies, which are made of recycled glass with recycled metal stands, were shipped from Nairobi in Kenya to the 86 cities, associations and companies around the world that currently form UNEP’s CN NET. DHL expanded its service offering to temporarily include its GOGREEN services, which are currently not part of the standard DHL portfolio for Africa.

Deutsche Post DHL is the first global logistics company to join CN Net, which, according to DHL, is a good indication of the company’s commitment to stay at the forefront of the logistics industry’s efforts to reduce its emissions and improve its carbon efficiency, despite the economic crisis.

The long-term aim of CN Net is to address the reduction of all greenhouse gases, including the six that fall under the Kyoto Protocol, and others covered by treaties such as the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer.

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Written by William DiBenedetto

1 April, 2009 at 10:23 am

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