New York Container Terminal Inc. (NYCT) is the first participant in the Port Authority’s Cargo-Handling Equipment Fleet Modernization Incentive Program, part of a comprehensive set of environmental initiatives undertaken at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
During a ceremony held on Feb.24, the Port Authority presented a ceremonial check for $348,633 to NYCT, Inc., the operator of the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island. NYCT used the funds toward the replacement of older cargo-handling equipment with units that produce lower levels of emissions.
In 2010, the program’s first year, NYCT invested $2,972,962 in 11 new pieces of equipment. The PA’s incentive program is open to all marine terminal tenants that remove from operation old heavy-emissions equipment and replace it with new equipment that meets federal on- or off-road air emissions standards.
NYCT and APM Terminal in Elizabeth are also participating in a pilot project that uses customized hybrid technology for yard hostlers, which move containers around the terminal, to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy.
The Port Authority has partnered with the Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s busiest port, on the hybrid yard hostler pilot project, while working through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s International Sustainable Ports and Carriers Partnership.
Presenting the ceremonial check to Charles Priscu (second from the left) of New York Container Terminal Inc. were (left to right) William Nurthen, Annette Barry-Smith, and Atef Ahmed, all of the Port Authority’s Port Commerce Department.