The Port of Tacoma has received nearly $1.5 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce diesel and greenhouse gas emissions by retrofitting ships and adding electrical plug-ins at the Totem Ocean Trailer Express Inc. terminal. This clean diesel project will create jobs while protecting the region’s air quality.
 
TOTE, a private shipping company that serves the Alaska trade, already has spent almost $900,000 to retrofit two ships to accommodate shore power connections, which allow ships to turn off their engines at the terminal. The company also has committed to contributing another $283,000 to complete the project.
The money is provided under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program, also known as the Economic Stimulus Plan. The four-state EPA Region 10 received more than 49  applications requesting more than $80 million to help fund clean diesel emissions projects.
 
In addition to retrofitting two ships, this project will install a shore-side connection system and power at the Port’s TOTE terminal. The ships, which call twice a week in Tacoma, are expected to plug into the completed system by fall 2010.

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