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West Coast port seeks non-polluting ways to move containers between marine terminals, rail yard


The Port of Long Beach, Calif., is seeking technological concepts to replace diesel trucks that move containers between port marine terminals and a local rail yard. The zero-emission container mover system (ZECMS) project aims to reduce air pollutants emitted by trucks.

The port has issued a request for concepts and will hold a pre-submittal conference on July 9 at its headquarters. Submissions are due by Sept. 25.

The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) are seeking new ways to move containers between docks and an Intermodal Container Transfer Facility near West Long Beach. The ZECMS project could eliminate thousands of short-haul diesel truck trips daily. Proposed technologies might include electric guideways, zero-emission trucks or electrified rail.

Based on the concepts submitted, the port and ACTA might issue a request for proposals for the design, construction and operation of the proposed system.

“We plan to challenge current technology, and if we are successful, we will begin a new era in cleaner, faster freight movement with wide opportunities for applications nationwide,” said James Hankla, president of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, in a prepared statement.

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