The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach honored five companies for their extraordinary efforts to fight harmful emissions at the 6th Annual Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Air Quality Awards held in San Pedro.
The CAAP Air Quality Awards began shortly after the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach approved the historic San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan in 2006. Port tenants and other port-related businesses are eligible to submit award entries, which are judged by a panel comprised of port staff and representatives from the South Coast Air Quality Management District, California Air Resources Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
1. Air Quality Leadership at the Corporate Level
· Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) – As a global shipping and logistics company, WWL has made a corporate-wide commitment to be an environmental performance frontrunner. Since 2004, WWL has adhered to a 1.5 percent global fleet sulfur fuel policy, though regulations called for less restrictive limits between 3.5 to 4.5 percent.
· OOCL USA Inc. – One of the world's largest integrated international container transportation, logistics and terminal companies, OOCL is dedicated to taking a proactive role in minimizing its carbon footprint and improving air quality. Last year, OOCL signed a “green lease” with the Port of Long Beach pledging to reduce harmful emissions by 50 percent, even as the company plans to double growth.
2. Innovative Air Quality Improvement Technologies
· Foss Maritime Co. - Providing comprehensive marine transportation and logistical services, Foss Maritime developed, built and operates the world’s first hybrid tugboat, which has been working in the San Pedro Bay since 2009.
· APL – Global container transportation company APL is strongly committed to improving air quality at the San Pedro Bay ports. The company was the first to install and test “seawater scrubber” technology on a container ship calling at the two ports.
3. Innovative Operations That Improve Air Quality
· Knight Transportation – With a company-wide commitment to protect the environment, Knight Transportation is recognized for having one of the newest and cleanest truck fleets in the maritime industry, operating more than 4,000 trucks nationwide, 330 of which are in the Los Angeles/Long Beach area.
The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach are the two busiest U.S. seaports, moving $355 billion in trade each year and supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs in Southern California.