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The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has received a 2016 U.S. EPA Clean Air Excellence Award for its electric rubber-tired gantry crane program, port officials announced today.
The program was designed to transfer the ports container handling equipment from diesel to electric power. Hope Moorer, general manager of waterways and navigation programs, accepted the award on the GPA's behalf during the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awards ceremony held in Washington, D.C., last night.
"The award highlights the Georgia Ports Authority's commitment to operating its terminals in an environmentally responsible manner," Moorer said in a press release.
GPA began implementing its electric rubber tired gantry crane (eRTG) program in 2012. By Aug. 30, 45 will have been transitioned from diesel to electric power or purchased with electric power capability, bringing GPA's eRTG fleet to 30 percent of the total.
GPA has invested $17.5 million to bring the 45 electric RTGs online. Over the next 10 years, the entire fleet of 169 machines will have electric power capability, GPA officials said.