Port of San Diego Nets $2.7 Million for Upgrades for All-Electric Mobile Harbor Cranes

One of North America’s first all-electric cranes may begin operating at the Port of San Diego next year, thanks to a $2.7 million grant from the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District.

The port plans to use the grant to pay for electrical upgrades that will run a pair of new all-electric mobile harbor cranes at the port’s Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal in Summer 2023.

The new equipment is expected to lower air pollution and raise public health in port-adjacent communities.

“Our new electric cranes will be a game changer for our communities as well as the environment and our regional economy,” port Board Chairman Dan Malcolm said. “We are happy to have this critical funding from San Diego County APCD to ensure we have clean and reliable power to support the new cargo handling equipment.”

“These cranes will replace our old diesel crane, eliminating a major source of pollution at our terminal. We will also gain a competitive edge over other West Coast ports,” he added.

By Karen Robes Meeks