In an ongoing effort to improve the region's air quality, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has launched an incentive program targeted at its shipping lines and terminal operators. The Ocean-going Vessels Low Sulfur Fuel Program (LSF) encourages the operators of ocean vessels to use cleaner-burning fuel by providing financial incentives for up to 50 percent of the cost differential between high-sulfur and low-sulfur fuel.
Said Toshiya Konishi, MOL's Chief Operating Officer, "MOL saw the program as an opportunity to maintain our commitment as a responsible corporate citizen and to increase efforts in implementing our environmental policy. MOL is committed to protecting the health of our marine/global environment, and we seek to reduce the burden on the environment by setting and achieving tough voluntary environmental standards. We offer our thanks to the Port Authority for establishing the Low Sulfur Fuel program."
Vessels enrolled by Yang Ming: 2 – the YML Efficiency and YML Eminence.
Routes: Both vessels are in the Asia US East Coast service #5.
Kaohsiung -> Yantian -> Shanghai -> Pusan -> NYNJ -> Norfolk -> Savannah
Port of Call in NYNJ: Maher Terminal
As part of the LSF program, participating vessels must also reduce their speed when entering the region. Lowering vessel speed from approximately 14 knots to 10 knots reduces pollutants, which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
The Port of New York and New Jersey is located within a region that is in "Non Attainment" under National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) set by EPA. Despite the size of its operations, the marine terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey account for less than 2 percent of overall air emissions in the Non Attainment Area. Nevertheless, the Port Authority has led the way to develop a multi-faceted Clean Air Strategy in cooperation with federal, state, municipal, and private partners. Published in October 2009, the Clean Air Strategy contains a menu of actions aimed at reducing emissions in all categories of port-related sources.
The average oceangoing vessel burns diesel fuel graded at 2.8 percent sulfur content by weight. However, when the IMO-approved designation of the North American coast as an Emissions Control Area becomes effective in 2012, oceangoing vessels travelling within 200 miles from US Coast line must convert to fuel that is 1 percent sulfur by weight, and to fuel that is 0.1 percent sulfur by weight by 2015. Under the LSF incentive program, participating vessels switch to the cleaner 0.2 percent sulfur diesel for travel within 20 nautical miles of the NY/NJ Harbor, as well as while they are berthed at a Port Authority marine terminal. This provides more than a 92 percent immediate reduction in sulfur pollutants.
"We are taking a proactive role in improving the region's air quality," says Atef Ahmed, Port Commerce manager of Environmental Programs. "This benefits the health of those who work at the port and live in the surrounding communities."
General manager of Port Commerce Environmental Programs, William Nurthen, agrees. "The Port Authority maintains an exceptional record for making our port sustainable. We're constantly striving to find ways of cleaning the air while increasing our cargo business. We'll continue to work with our port partners to develop innovative ways of growing the port in a sustainable manner."
To insure a cleaner environment in the Port of New York and New Jersey, the Port Authority will implement a phase-out plan for Class 8 drayage vehicles equipped with engines Model Year 1993 or older. Beginning January 1, 2011, these vehicles will no longer be granted access to Port Authority marine terminals.
In addition, all Class 8 trucks serving the terminals must register with the Port Authority Port Truck Pass. Trucks that register successfully will be issued a compliance sticker that, when attached as instructed, will facilitate and expedite the vehicle's movement throughout the various terminals. Online registration for the Port Truck Pass will be available this Fall. Members of the Port of New York and New Jersey trucking community can expect to receive further communications.
Class 8 trucks with engines Model Year 1993 or older that continue to operate on Port Authority marine terminal property after January 1 will be subject to the suspension of access to Port Authority marine terminals in accordance with the following schedule:
To provide a smoother transition, the Port Authority will issue only "warnings" between January 1 and February 28, 2011. However, suspension of access privileges will begin promptly on March 1, 2011. For a complete copy of the tariff schedule, please visit the Port Authority Web site.
Owners of trucks equipped with engines Model Year 1993 or older are encouraged to take part in the Port Authority's Truck Replacement Program. For more information, contact the Truck Replacement Center (TRC) at 877-309-1680 or visit the program's Web site at: www.replacemytruck.org.
As part of its initiative to green the environment, the Port Authority will begin to phase out Class 8 vehicles with engines Model Year 1993 or older starting January 1, 2011. Owners of these vehicle types are encouraged to take part in the Truck Replacement Program [TRP], and specifically to apply for the program by October 1, 2010.
"We're pleased to report that we've been granted permission by the EPA to offer the port trucking community the opportunity to purchase a new truck," announced Richard M. Larrabee, Director of the Port Commerce Department.
Qualified applicants are eligible to receive funding toward the purchase of a truck Model Year 2004 to 2011, equipped with a 2004 or newer emissions-compliant engine. Eligible applicants can receive a maximum grant for up to 25 percent of a 2008 NADA equivalent retail value of the new truck purchase.
"It generally takes 45 to 60 days for approval," says Atef Ahmed, Manager of Port Environmental Programs. "If you apply [to the TRP] by October 1 and are approved to receive funding, you have the highest probability of obtaining your new truck prior to the commencement of the phase out plan."
The TRP has already begun to produce satisfied customers. Wilmin Jaime, pictured to the right, saw the program as an opportunity to fulfill a lifelong goal.
"It has always been my dream to buy a new truck," said Jaime, who visited the Truck Replacement Center, applied, and today has a new vehicle. "Now that I have it, I wake up every morning with an even bigger desire to work. Thanks to the TRP, I have a new truck, and also better and safer working conditions."
Jaime went on to note that he hopes the Port continues to provide programs like the TRP so other truck drivers can replace their old trucks while improving the quality of life throughout the community.
For more information on the Port Authority's Truck Replacement Program, please contact the Truck Replacement Center (TRC) at 877-309-1680, or visit their Web site: www.replacemytruck.org.