- What is the California "At-Berth Regulation"?
This law requires ships to reduce their emissions while hoteling at berth by either plugging into the electrical grid (i.e. shore power, otherwise known as cold-ironing or AMP) or by using an alternative emission control device. The law sets compliance percentages that phase in over time. For more details, go to http://www.arb.ca.gov/ports/shorepower/shorepower.htm..
- Does my company need to comply with the Regulation?
In general, all container, passenger, and refrigerated vessels must comply with the regulation. Some exemptions apply. Contact the California Air Resources Board (ARB) for more information at (916) 327-1512 or ShorePower@arb.ca.gov.
- Can the Port of Long Beach tell me whether or not my fleet is in compliance with the regulation?
No. The Port does not enforce this regulation. If you have questions about your specific situation, please contact ARB.
Using Shore Power at the Port of Long Beach:
- Where can I get information about the Port’s shore power design standards?
The Port’s shore power systems comply with the international standard for high voltage shore connection systems. You can find more information here.
- I will be plugging a ship into shore power for the first time at the Port of Long Beach (i.e. commissioning a ship). What do I need to do?
Contact the terminal operator. The terminal operator facilitates the commissioning process. The Port is not involved in ship commissioning.
- Does the Port require me to fill out a form or provide advance notification before plugging in?
No. The Port of Long Beach does not require a form or advance notification. All communication should be with the terminal operator.
Funding and Costs:
- What is the cost to use shore power at the Port of Long Beach?
Unlike some other California ports, the Port of Long Beach is not involved in electricity billing or shore power charges. Each terminal has its own account and rate structure with Southern California Edison, the local electricity provider. Please contact the terminal operator for details.
- Is there funding available to help retrofit my ship for shore power?
There are very few funding opportunities for shipside retrofits, and grant programs generally require shore power usage levels that exceed the regulatory requirements. When the Port becomes aware of funding opportunities, it makes every attempt to notify shipping lines. One potential funding source is the Carl Moyer Program, which is administered locally by the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Eligibility criteria and long-term shore power usage levels apply. Contact the SCAQMD for more details.
- Are there any incentive programs for plugging into shore power?
Yes. The Port provides free dockage for vessels that comply with the shore power regulation and the 40 nautical mile Vessel Speed Reduction Program. The “Dockage Reduction Incentive Program for Green Calls” is described in more detail under Tariff Item No. 264.
Alternative Technologies for Compliance:
- I’ve heard there is an alternative system that can be used to comply with the shore power regulation. How do I sign up for this system?
At this time, there is no approved alternative for shore power. The Advanced Maritime Emission Control System (AMECS), however, is currently being tested for use as an alternative to shore power. If this system receives state approval, possibly in the latter part of 2014, you can contact the company, Advanced Cleanup Technologies, Inc. (ACTI), to ask about service. More information about this technology can be found here.