The Port of
Baltimore has been awarded USD 2.4 million from the US Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) to reduce emissions at the port and in surrounding areas.
informed, the port will use the funding, which is coming from a Diesel Emission
Reduction Act, to repower marine engines and upgrade diesel dray trucks and
equipment for moving cargo.
replacements and repowers will result in the lifetime emission reduction of
approximately 37 tons of particulate matter, 398 tons of nitrogen oxides, 165
tons of carbon monoxide, and 724 tons of carbon dioxide. It will also save more
than 64,000 tons of fuel, according to the port.
“This federal funding will support growth at one of our state’s top
economic engines, while significantly reducing emissions and building on the
clean air progress that we have made,” Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland, said.
initiatives like the Clean Diesel and Dray Truck Replacement programs, the port
has been able to reduce the lifetime amount of air pollutants by more than
10,000 tons while continuing to grow its business.
the Port of Baltimore has replaced 175 older dray trucks with newer model,
cleaner versions. It has also replaced, retrofitted or repowered about 60
pieces of cargo-handling equipment with newer, less polluting engines. Both of
those initiatives were important in improving air quality associated with port
nation’s ports, the Port of Baltimore ranks first for autos and light trucks,
roll on/roll off heavy farm and construction machinery, and imported sugar.
In addition, the port ranks second in exported coal.
the port was also awarded USD 6.6 million in
federal funding to contribute to a project that will deepen the second
container berth, allowing the port to welcome two large ships simultaneously.