Port of Baltimore Gets Grant to Upgrade Diesel Equipment

Containership at the Port of Baltimore
A containership unloads at the Port of Baltimore. (Dan Ronan/Transport Topics)

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The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore announced it received a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the port’s Diesel Equipment Upgrade Program, which replaces older cargo-handling equipment and dray trucks with newer, cleaner and more efficient models.

The grant is intended to help further reduce diesel emissions at the port and surrounding residential neighborhoods.

The EPA funds come from the federal Diesel Emission Reduction Act and will assist in the replacement of four yard trucks, six forklifts, one mobile welding unit and three heavy-duty dray trucks, with newer and more energy-efficient equipment.

The new dray trucks will be the first electric-powered dray trucks to provide service at Port of Baltimore.

Since the port’s Diesel Equipment Upgrade Program began in 2008, a total of 118 pieces of diesel cargo-handling equipment such as forklifts, top loaders, locomotives and tugs have been replaced or retrofitted with cleaner engines. These replacements and retrofits have prevented more than 5,100 tons of emissions.

Additionally, the port’s Dray Truck Replacement Program, part of the Diesel Equipment Upgrade Program, was launched in 2012 and has replaced more than 275 trucks with cleaner, modern vehicles. Transport Topics

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