Port of San Diego completes purchase of 2 all-electric cranes
February 28, 2022
The Port of San Diego has purchased two all-electric harbor cranes, billed as the first such cranes in use in North America, it was announced Monday.
Konecranes Gottwald Generation 6 Mobile Harbor Cranes will replace the diesel-powered crane currently in use at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal. They are intended to support the port’s Maritimes Air Quality Strategy and its “Health Equity for All” vision.
The port expects to receive and commission the cranes in mid-2023. In January, the Board of Port Commissioners authorized a purchase agreement with the German company Konecranes, which has an office in San Diego. According to port documents, the final cost of the cranes will be approximately $14 million, budgeted in the port’s economic stimulus program established for the $100 million in federal stimulus funds the port expects to receive in total from federal and state governments for COVID-19 assistance. . The port has already received $61.4 million from these sources.
“We’ve earmarked a significant portion of our federal stimulus funds for electrification — about $25 million — for zero-emissions equipment, just like Konecranes’ all-electric cranes,” said Dan Malcolm, chairman of the board. port administration. “This is just the beginning of delivering on our promise to do our part to improve air quality and public health. It’s also a great example of how we can achieve our clean air and environmental goals while supporting business and job growth.
The port’s clean air strategy aims to have 100% zero-emission cargo handling equipment by 2030.
According to a statement from the port, in addition to the environmental and public health benefits, the new crane system will have the heaviest lifting capacity of any crane system in place on the west coast – up to 400 tonnes. metric compared to the current diesel crane’s 100 MT lifting capacity.
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