Port of Vancouver, USA Steps up to Biodiesel Challenge

Friday, May 19, 2006
The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the first ports in the nation to replace regular diesel fuel with environmentally-friendly biodiesel for use in its own vehicles and heavy equipment. Biodiesel is a cleaner-burning diesel fuel made from vegetable oil, including recycled cooking oil. While pure biodiesel contains no petroleum, it can be blended with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel blend. The Port of Vancouver will use a combination 20 percent biodiesel blended with 80 percent regular diesel, called "B20." Use of B20 biodiesel can result in a reduction of emissions by up to 20 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. "One of the key tenets of our mission is to be a leader in environmental stewardship," said Larry Paulson, Port of Vancouver USA Executive Director. "In addition to reducing emissions in our work environment, this change will help support a new market for Washington agricultural products and reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil." Last week Port Commissioners approved the purchase of the largest mobile harbor crane in North America, which will be biodiesel compatible. In April, Washington legislators passed a law that requires all state agencies to use a minimum of 20 percent biodiesel for state fleet vehicles by 2009. The Port of Vancouver, USA is the first public port in the state to implement a program for compliance. The port has purchased two trucks with ethanol capability and all future vehicles and equipment will be equipped to run on some form of alternative fuel, whether that is biodiesel or E-85 ethanol, a fuel derived from crops like corn and sugar cane. Both alternative fuels are considered "energy positive," which means these fuels yield more energy than the power required to produce them. Additionally, the state of Washington hopes that this legislation will spur economic growth through the development of a homegrown biofuels industry, including the growth of biofuel oilseed crops and the construction of biofuel processing plants. Biodiesel has become even more attractive to the Port of Vancouver USA given the fact that the price of a gallon is now competitive with regular diesel. "With the recent rise in oil prices, using biodiesel makes economic as well as environmental sense," said Curtis Shuck, the port's Director of Facilities.
Maritime Reporter September 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds


USCG Completes Investigation into Ship Channel Death

The U.S. Coast Guard has completed its investigation into an incident in which a Mexican national was killed after being struck and by a patrol boat in the Brownsville Ship Channel in April.

Pitbull Named Godfather of Norwegian’s New Cruise Ship

Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that musician Pitbull will serve as godfather for its newest ship, Norwegian Escape, slated to be christened next month in Miami.

Overturned Boat Kills Thousands of Cattle

Thousands of cattle owned by beef producer Minerva SA are thought to have died when a boat leaving a port in northern Brazil overturned, the company and Williams Shipping Agents said on Tuesday.


GTT Inks Framework Partnership Deal with CERN

GTT, a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), has signed a Framework Partnership Agreement

LNG Tanker Smash Sinks Cargo Ship

The 2002-built, 8,850-dwt freighter Flinterstar is owned by Dutch shipping firm Flinter has sank after colliding nearly head on with the Marshall Islands-flagged

Finland Scraps LNG Terminal Plan

Finnish gas utility Gasum has abandoned its plans to build the Finngulf liquefied natural gas  (LNG) import terminal in Finland with an offshore pipeline connection

Maritime Contracts Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1238 sec (8 req/sec)