TOTE æplugs inÆ ship in Tacoma
State and federal officials joined Port of Tacoma and Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE) executives Wednesday to flip the switch on the Pacific Northwest's first cargo ship shore power.
The $2.7 million shore power project will reduce diesel and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 percent during 100 ship calls each year in Tacoma.
Sparked by an Environmental Protection Agency grant worth nearly $1.5 million, two TOTE cargo ships will now use electric power generated ashore while docked during weekly calls at their Tacoma terminal.
For more information on shore power in Tacoma, the California ports, and other locations around the country, read 'Hoteling California' in the November American Shipper, now available on line.