To date, one POLA berth is equipped for shore power, but through the CAAP, another 15 berths will be installed with electrical infrastructure over the next five years.
To date, the POLA has fitted 639 diesel oxidation catalysts on all the yard tractors, side and top picks, forklifts and transtainers operating in the port.
In 2005, POLA, POLB and Pacific Harbor Line collaborated to spend $23 million to replace a fleet of 18 locomotives with 16 Tier 2 diesel-powered models, an LNG-powered unit and a hybrid diesel-electric locomotive.
Air quality tracking, monitoring and demonstrations will also be performed, expanding upon the four air quality monitoring stations POLA has positioned surrounding the port for PM measuring.
While CAAP is the main program for POLA for 2007 and beyond, it is just one program dedicated to improving the air quality in the port.
The Gateway Cities Clean Air Program is managed by The Gateway Cities Council of Governments of Southeast Los Angeles County in partnership with the POLA, POLB, CARB, EPA and the Mobile Source Emission Reduction Committee of SCAQMD.
POLA has also recently received $21 million in funding to be used over the next five years for air quality improvements from the Air Quality Mitigation Incentive Program.
While undoubtedly POLA has made headway in reducing emissions, CAAP and the other projects it operates are only a start to reducing emissions in the port.
The grant is not the first for the 25-year-old Catalina Express, which has received funding from POLA through South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to retrofit its three other catamarans and four monohull vessels.
based Catalina Express, the funding from POLA provides an opportunity to not only install cleaner engines but completely modernize the vessels, further extending their 10- to 20-year lifespan.
Catalina Express is one of the first recipients to receive funding from the POLA to repower a vessel operating in the port.