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Metro Ports acquires Tier 4 locomotive

Use of the new Tier 4 locomotive coincides with the port's clean-air action plan.
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Metro Ports, a stevedoring services provider, last week announced it purchased a second Tier 4 locomotive engine for its Pier G operations at the Port of Long Beach in California.

Through the $1.2 million investment, Metro Ports expects to reduce air emissions from such pollutants as nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and reactive organic gas by more than 4.5 tons over the next 15 years. That represents a significant improvement in air-quality emissions over the local industry standard of currently operating Tier 2 equipment, Metro Ports officials said in a press release.

The move coincides with the port's clean-air action plan, said Metro Ports President Robert Dickey.

"Metro Ports recognizes its position as an industry leader and seeks to inspire awareness with its early adoption of the newest technology in clean-air equipment," Dickey said.

The new locomotive's addition is a project four years in the making, involving Knoxville Locomotive Works and the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which coordinated to procure grant funds through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that were aimed at projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emission. These funds contributed to cover the total $3.2 million cost of the purchase, officials said.

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