SSA Marine Transitioning to Renewable Diesel Fuel

SSA Marine
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SSA Marine’s Port of Long Beach terminal. Photo via SSA Marine.

SSA Marine recently announced that it expects to be the first marine terminal at the Port of Long Beach to move its fleet of cargo-handling equipment from fossil fuel to renewable diesel fuel.

The transition, which is anticipated to lower greenhouse gas emissions by 68% throughout the three terminals SSA runs at Long Beach, encompasses more than 230 pieces of equipment.

“Cutting these emissions would not be possible without the leadership shown by partners like SSA Marine,” port Executive Director Mario Cordero said. “SSA’s vision and hard work in making their operations cleaner shows the goods movement industry the way to a greener future.”

SSA is also advancing on other efforts to move its cargo-handling equipment fleet to zero emissions by 2030, according to the port. It recently finished testing two battery-electric top handlers and is transitioning nine rubber-tired gantry cranes to entirely electric machines at Pier J.

Six RTGCs are already in service, while the rest are expected to be retrofitted sometime this year, the port said. Also later this year at Pier C, the company expects to deploy 33 zero-emission yard tractors and infrastructure to support it.

By Karen Robes Meeks