The Northwest Seaport Alliance, the marine cargo operating partnership of the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma, has approved putting $560,000 toward the use of electric yard trucks in the Tacoma Harbor, a first for the NWSA gateway.
The expenditure was approved by the NWSA’s managing members earlier this month.
The alliance won a $780,000 DERA grant last year and received $130,000 in Tacoma Power cargo/material handler equipment incentive funding toward six electric terminal tractors for Tacoma’s South Intermodal Yard.
The zero-emissions trucks are expected to lower greenhouse gas emissions by 260 tons annually per year, according to the Seaport Alliance.
“The NWSA is thrilled to build upon the work of the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy and welcome this new zero-emission technology to our Tacoma Harbor,” said Dick Marzano, Port of Tacoma Commission President and Managing Member of the NWSA. “This is just the beginning of showing the longstanding operational and environmental benefits of electric yard trucks within our gateway.”