The US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration has awarded Jaxport a $23.5 million grant to support sustainability initiatives at the Jacksonville, Florida, Blount Island and Talleyrand Marine Terminals.
The sustainability initiatives are part of a $47 million public-private project between Jacksport and tenants of SSA’s Jacksonville and Crowley terminals. The project is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, expand energy-efficient terminal infrastructure, increase Jaxport cargo traffic and develop a plan to transition to lower-emission port infrastructure and maritime operations.
“This investment marks a milestone in our initiatives to build the port of the future and move cargo in the most efficient and environmentally friendly way,” Jaxport CEO Eric Green said in a statement.
Jaxport said the $31.2 million will go toward the purchase of environmentally friendly handling equipment, including six hybrid-electric rubber-tyred gantry cranes and about a dozen low- and zero-emission container stackers, loaders and related charging infrastructure — for the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal on Blount Island.
SSA is also investing more than $40 million in three environmentally friendly container cranes that will arrive at Jaxport in February 2023.
Jaxport said $14.6 million will be spent at the Crowley Jaxport Talleyrand terminal on nearly two dozen pieces of zero-emission cargo handling equipment, including dedicated yard tractors and loaders and related charging stations for Crowley’s supply chain services.
The grant will also go towards the creation of 160 reefer charging stations to sustainably meet current and future growth needs at the port without using diesel as fuel.
Jaxport said these emissions reduction efforts are based on Crowley an investment that improves the efficiency and sustainability of Puerto Rico’s trade through the deployment of LNG container ships, four future LNG-powered ships for the US-Central American trade and modern LNG bunkering at the terminal.
“As we continue on our journey to zero emissions, the transition to an electric fleet and more efficient terminal equipment will help us make a major impact in the Jacksonville community, where we already use lower emission fuels, and be a leader in our industry. ” said Brett Bennett, senior vice president and general manager of Crowley Logistics.
Jaxport will also spend $1 million to support electrification of the entire port.
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