Global momentum is building for supply chains to adopt sustainability practices, including deploying low- and zero-emission technologies, improving efficiency and productivity, and finding innovative ways to minimize the environmental footprint of operations. TraPac is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen that is recognized for its leadership in environmental, economic and social sustainability programs.
By sending containers through TraPac, cargo owners are able to improve the sustainability of their supply chain, reducing their emissions per TEU by 90%+ compared to competing terminals.
As we invest in new infrastructure and technology at our terminals, we examine ways to:
ENHANCE SUPPLY CHAIN SUSTAINABILITY
IMPROVE LOCAL AIR QUALITY
PROTECT OUR EARTH’S CLIMATE
Advanced Vehicles & Equipment
TraPac has invested in technologies that increase productivity while reducing harmful pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions, including:
- Cargo Handling Equipment – TraPac deploys the cleanest available cargo handling equipment at its terminals. In Los Angeles, TraPac uses a combination of electric and hybrid automated straddle carriers, stacking cranes, and intermodal yard cranes. The automated cargo handling equipment reduces emissions of PM and NOx by more than 99% and reduces GHG emissions by over 90% per TEU compared to competing terminals. Additionally, the cargo handling equipment used at TraPac’s Oakland terminal is certified to today’s cleanest emission standard.
- Convenient Rail Access – TraPac’s terminals have access to the national rail network, which has led to reduced truck emissions and improves overall supply chain efficiency. TraPac’s Oakland terminal is adjacent to two rail yards allowing for a quick transfer to BNSF and Union Pacific’s rail lines. In Los Angeles, TraPac became the first container terminal in the world to implement automated on-dock rail, using a combination of automated straddle carriers and rail mounted gantry cranes. The terminal provides 20,000 feet of on-dock track that has a capacity to send 6 full-size trains each day, or 1,440 TEUs, directly through the Alameda Corridor and connect to BNSF and Union Pacific rail lines.
Automated Straddle Carrier (“Autostrad”)
Los Angeles Terminal
How It's Used
The Autostrad vehicles move containers between the water-side transfer area, container stacks, U.S. radiation scanner, and the on-dock rail area.
The Autostrads are low-emission hybrid-electric vehicles, and navigate based on virtual routes within 2cms accuracy, providing unmatched reliability and efficiency.
Vessel Emission Reductions
In California, ocean-going vessels release nearly twice the smog-forming emissions of nitrogen oxides as all of the automobiles in the state. Additionally, when a container ship idles while at berth, it emits more pollution than 40,000 cars release each day (according to emissions data from state and federal environmental regulators). TraPac has implemented a number of programs and technologies at its Los Angeles and Oakland terminals to mitigate vessel emissions, including:
- Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) – AMP enables a ship to plug into the electrical grid for on-board power so it can shut down its auxiliary engines while at berth. In addition to eliminating 95% of all vessel emissions, AMP also lessens noise pollution and frees up engines for maintenance.
- Bonnet Systems – For ships that are not AMP-capable, the bonnet technology captures emissions at the smokestack and processes the exhaust through a series of emission control systems. TraPac invested approximately $5 million in testing and demonstration of the bonnet technology and are proud to offer this option so that all vessels that come to TraPac can reduce harmful emissions while at our berths.
- Vessel Speed Reduction (VSR) Program – When container ships call at our terminals, we monitor their participation in the ports’ voluntary VSR programs, which instruct ships to slow to 12 knots within 40 nautical miles. The VSR program conserves fuel and reduces all harmful pollutants.
100% of Vessels
that call at TraPac use alternative maritime power (AMP) or an equivalent technology to reduce harmful pollutants & greenhouse gases
80% Less Vessel Emissions
through the use of vessel emission reduction technologies
>90% Less CHE Emissions
of harmful pollutants & greenhouse gases through the use of electric & hybrid cargo handling equipment (CHE) in Los Angeles
Truck Traffic Mitigation
TraPac has invested in a wide range of strategies to reduce the time trucks spend in queues at the terminal, including:
- Cargo Tracking and Appointment System – As soon as a container is unloaded from a vessel, its container number is scanned into the Electronic Document Interchange. From there, the shipper is able to track its status and receive notifications when it is ready for pick-up. In Los Angeles, when a truck driver arrives at the terminal’s main gate, our automated system signals the stacking cranes to locate the container on the yard and prepare it for pick up via our automated truck handling system.
- Automated Truck Handling System – With the automated truck handling system at TraPac, trucks can expect to get in and out of the terminal faster, which means more daily pick-ups and drop-offs. This integrated system enables containers to be available for pick up within 15 minutes of being unloaded from a ship and has significantly reduced truck turn times.
- Private Truck Ramp – On the truck transfer side of TraPac’s Los Angeles terminal, we built a private ramp for trucks to enter and exit the terminal to reduce truck congestion and emissions in the local community. The raised ramp was constructed over the rail lines to allow trains and trucks to move independently and mitigate delays and idle times.
- Extended Gate Hours – TraPac offers full-service night gates that enhances gateway efficiency by reducing truck traffic and congestion. The extended operating hours also improve productivity for the drayage sector while providing BCOs improved cargo fluidity.
- LEED Certified Building: TraPac’s corporate office obtained the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification level.
- Solar Panels: TraPac installed solar panels on our corporate office, parking lot, and backlands, providing renewable power to offset some fossil-based energy use.
- Recycling: TraPac has helped mitigate landfill waste by implementing a robust recycling program that includes paper, metal and aluminum cans, and glass and plastic containers.
- EV Charging: TraPac offers easy EV charging access for employees at our corporate office in Los Angeles.
Alternative Maritime Power (AMP)
Los Angeles and Oakland Terminals
How It's Used
AMP enables a ship to plug into the electrical grid for on-board power so it can shut down its auxiliary engines while at berth.
In addition to eliminating 95% of all vessel emissions, AMP also lessens noise pollution and frees up engines for maintenance while ships are at berth.