Crowley, Port of SD Break Ground on Charging Station

A groundbreaking was held recently for a Port of San Diego shoreside charging station that’s designed to provide clean energy for the company’s forth-coming zero-emissions tugboat, eWolf. Photo via Port of San Diego.

Crowley Maritime’s upcoming zero-emissions tug, eWolf, may soon be able to quickly power up at the Port of San Diego.

The company and port officials celebrated the start of a new shoreside charging station project with a ground-breaking ceremony, Crowley announced Aug. 9.

“We are proud to share in this moment with the City of San Diego to showcase an industry-first, shoreside charging station at the Port of San Diego,” Crowley Vice President of Advanced Energy Matt Jackson said.

The shoreside solar charging station is planned to include two containerized energy storage systems supplied by Corvus Energy and is designed to run during off-peak hours from the community’s energy grid. It also has a solar power array.

The containers would each include battery modules with storage capacity of nearly 1.5 MWh and the station would have a battery monitoring system, HVAC and firefighting and detection technology, according to the companies.

“We are proud to work with Crowley and are grateful they chose San Diego Bay as home of the first all-electric tugboat in the United States,” San Diego harbor board chair Rafael Castellanos said. “Their commitment to sustainability in the maritime industry directly aligns with our own efforts and goals to reduce emissions and improve public health in our communities while also supporting efficient and modern maritime operations.”

By Karen Robes Meeks