The Port of Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved two grants of $2.5 million each to help fund the electrification of 28 diesel-powered rubber-tired gantry cranes.
The port called earlier this year for proposals to convert the cranes, a move that is expected to reduce air pollution by about 120 tons a year.
The port has awarded the grants to Total Terminals International, which operates at Pier T, and SSA Terminals at Pier A.
The grant program was established to help terminal operators reduce emissions from the diesel-powered cranes by converting them to electricity.
The terminals will begin working shortly to convert the cranes to electricity by the end of 2010. The port in an announcement stated the operators will each spend about $2.8 million of their own funds on the project, mostly for operational and infrastructure needs.