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Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal shore power system wins public works award

The Port of San Diego's shore power system at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal was selected as a public works 2014 Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association.

The new shore power system, dedicated on Feb. 24, will improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by allowing cargo vessels to plug-in and use electrical power from San Diego Gas & Electric instead of relying on diesel fuel engines while in port.

Construction on the $4.25 million project began in mid-2013 and was funded by the port's Capital Improvement Program. The contractor was NEWest Construction.

“The port is proud to be honored for a project that contributes to our environmental stewardship around San Diego Bay,” said Bob Nelson, Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners. “By offering shore power, we not only improve air quality for communities nearby, but we also reduce our impact on the planet.”

This project fulfills a mandate set forth by the California Air Resources Board requiring California ports and terminals to provide shore power to container, passenger and refrigerated cargo ships. The port is already equipped to provide shore power to cruise ships that berth at both its B Street Pier Cruise Ship Terminal and Broadway Pier.

The port's main tenant at the terminal and shore-power user, Dole Fresh Fruit Co., recently signed a new long-term lease. Under the terms of the lease agreement, the port and Dole agreed to work together on these infrastructure improvements.

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