Port of Los Angeles Earns Clean Air Awards

The Port of Los Angeles earned not one but two prestigious awards this year.  According the the Main Channel Summer Edition, in June, the Coalition for Clean Air recognized the Clean Truck Program and Port leaders with the Coalition’s California Air Quality Award. The program is a key element of the Port’s Clean Air Action Plan. This program targets emissions from ships, trains, trucks. harbor vessels and cargo handling equipment at the ports.  Starting approximately 5 years ago,  only newer and less polluting trucks are permitted into the Port. A new study shows 71 percent reduction in diesel particulate matter (DPM), Ozone-forming nitrogen oxides (NOx) have been cut in half and haze-inducing sulfur oxides are down by 75 percent. In the meantime, cargo container volumes have increased.

Los Angeles Harbor Alterntive Maritime Power

photo: courtesy of Port of Los Angeles

Here is a list of some of the clean air strategies:

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  • Vessel speed reduction program
  • Low-sulfur fuel requirements for ships
  • Clean truck program
  • Repowering old harbor craft
  • Retrofits and fleet turnover of cargo-handling equipment
  • Upgrading to lower emission locomotives


Earlier this year, the U.S. EPA recognized the Port with its inaugural Climate Leadership Award for its efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. The EPA recognized the Port in the category of supply chain leadership, noting not only the the reduced greenhouse gases, but also in the category of supply chain leadership, comprehensive tracking and GHG inventories and its leadership and management of these emissions in the organizational value chain. The EPA also commended the Port for its leadership helping ports around the world to measure and reduce carbon emissions.

This is great news for Newmarks’ Yacht Centre which is located in the heart of the Los Angeles Harbor.