State Issues Regulatory Advisory for Shore Power
Air Resources Board to recognize 'good-faith' compliance
December 26, 2013
The California Air Resources Board has issued a regulatory advisory for its shore power at-berth regulation governing container ships, refrigerated cargo ships and cruise ships. The regulation goes into effect Jan. 1, 2014, and will require fleets making more than 25 visits per year to plug in for 50 percent of their visits. Shore power allows ships to tap land-side electricity for their power needs at berth, which reduces emissions by 95 percent. See the CARB shore power website.
According to the CARB website, "California's ports, terminals, and most of the vessel fleets have made substantial investments in new equipment and practices to transform their operations and meet the requirements of the At-Berth Regulation. These vessel fleets need some flexibility during the transition period from Jan. 1 June 30, 2014, to implement the new practices. The overall goal of this action is to recognize good faith compliance efforts while ensuring that emissions reductions required by the At-Berth Regulation are achieved in a timely manner to provide critical public health benefits for communities near ports."