AMECS Praised At 2016 Long Beach State of the Port Address

The AMECS system was hailed as one of the successes of the port’s clean air plans at the recent 2016 “State of the Port” address.  CEO John Slangerup’s comments were as follows:

“One recent TAP success story was our investment in the AMECS project, which was developed right here in Long Beach.

AMECS stands for Advanced Maritime Emissions Control System, and is used as an alternative for ship to shore electrical plug-in power, known as “cold ironing.”

AMECS was recently approved by the California Air Resources Board as a certified alternative to cold ironing, which now allows ships not equipped with shore power to achieve cold ironing compliance.”

The AMECS team wishes to thank the Port of Long Beach for its vital assistance and its environmental leadership.

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From the Port of Long Beach: State Agency OKs New Pollution-Scrubbing Technology/Barge system connects to container ships, reduces emissions

State Agency OKs New Pollution-Scrubbing Technology

Barge system connects to container ships, reduces emissions

Oct. 20, 2015
The California Air Resources Board has approved a new technology by a Carson-based company that uses specialized barges which connect to the exhaust ports of container ships to scrub pollution.

In 2013, the Port of Long Beach provided about $2 million in seed money to help test the Advanced Maritime Emissions Control System, or AMECS. Advanced Cleanup Technologies Inc. (ACTI) can now market AMECS to vessel operators as an alternative to container ships plugging into the electrical grid to reduce emissions while at berth.

Container and cruise ships must significantly reduce at-berth emissions to meet state regulations, but the existing “shore power” option requires retrofits to each vessel. According to ACTI, the AMECS barge system can meet the state standards by removing 90 to 99 percent of harmful emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter without requiring vessel retrofits.

With an emissions inventory released this month showing already record-low pollution levels at the Port of Long Beach, officials hailed the regulatory approval as another option to advance the Port’s environmental goals to near-zero and zero emission levels.

“We’re thrilled any time we can find more tools to reduce emissions and continue to improve community health. That’s why we fund projects like the demonstration and testing of these new technologies, through our Technology Advancement Program,” said Board of Harbor Commissioners President Lori Ann Guzmán. “We’ve made a lot of progress in reducing air pollution, and we are nurturing new technologies like these to help us do even more.”

“The California Air Resources Board’s approval of ACTI’s project as an alternative to the at-berth emissions reductions rule provides the flexibility our shipping lines need while protecting our environment and creating new jobs for our communities,” said Commissioner Rich Dines.

“We’re building the Port of the Future here in Long Beach,” said Port of Long Beach Chief Executive Officer Jon Slangerup. “Moving cargo efficiently is important to that mission, as is doing our work cleanly. We’re happy to have this technology as an option as we fulfill our mission responsibly and innovatively.”

The California Air Resources Board’s approval of AMECS on container ships will allow ACTI to begin the process of testing the system on other vessel types.

The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s premier seaports, a gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in goods movement and environmental stewardship. With 175 shipping lines connecting Long Beach to 217 seaports, the Port handles $180 billion in trade annually, supporting hundreds of thousands of Southern California jobs.

Media Contact: Lee Peterson, Port of Long Beach Media Relations Lead, (562) 283-7715 (office), (562) 519-2177 (cell),

AMECS Ocean-Going Vessel At-Berth Emissions Control System Wins CARB Approval/Executive Order

Long Beach, CA – The Advanced Maritime Emission Control System(AMECS) team is pleased to announce that it has received its Executive Order from the California Air Resources Board Certifying AMECS as an approved “Alternative Technology” to Shore Power under the At-Berth Regulation. 


The Advanced Maritime Emission Control System (AMECS) has received formal final approval for its Ocean-Going Emissions Control System from the California Air Resources Board.  This means that fleets at California ports can now use the AMECS system towards compliance with the “At-Berth” regulation.

The AMECS system is designed to have maximum flexibility to process emissions from a wide variety of vessel sizes and types – without requiring any ship modifications.

AMECS patented system can be rapidly deployed and is the only system that provides emissions control for ships with a maximum engine MCR of 2,700 kW, operating range of 500kW-1,700kW and 6500scfm of engine exhaust.  AMECS is also the only system capable of handling emissions from ships using two auxiliary generators.


AMECS’ extensive testing on 50+ vessels, ability to handle multiple auxiliary engines, ability to operate without vessel modification and ever-increasing capture efficiencies should provide confidence to fleets needing to achieve compliance.

Ruben Garcia, President and CEO, said: “The AMECS technology is where it is today because of the years of work we put in and over 1500 hours of verifiable testing.  The fleets can feel comfortable knowing that AMECS has been extensively field-tested and uses patented state-of-the-art technology that has proven itself over time.”

The AMECS team wishes to thank the EPA, SCAQMD, CARB and the USCG as well as the City of Long Beach for their continued support.

[1] CE 90% one engine, 80% two engines, EO/NOx:90%

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Visits AMECS

New Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy visited the Advanced Maritime Emissions Control System (AMECS) on Thursday, November 21st.

During the visit, McCarthy said that the EPA has its eye on AMECS.

Shown below: The EPA Administrator McCarthy points at the AMECS system attached to a vessel at Pier G in Long Beach.


Watch a video of the visit to the Port of Long Beach and AMECS here.

Advanced Maritime Emission Control System (AMECS) Documents

You can download the one-page summary of the AMECS system by clicking HERE.


You can view the detailed project status and technical details HERE (password protected).


The Advanced Maritime Emission Control System (AMECS) Shines During Emissions Testing

October 31, 2013


The Advanced Maritime Emission Control System (AMECS) Shines During Emissions Testing

 The final results are in:  The Advanced Maritime Emission Control System (AMECS) completed its final emissions test in an impressive demonstration of the technology’s ability to remove NOx, SOx, VOCs and PM from ocean-going vessel exhaust.

The October 18, 2013 test was attended by representatives of the California Air Resources Board(CARB), South Coast Air Quality management District (SCAQMD) as well as representatives of the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.  The test was conducted on exhaust from the Hapag-Lloyd 2471 TEU container vessel “Lorraine” and occurred at the Metropolitan Stevedoring facilities in Long Beach.

The AMECS system scored impressive performance metrics of:

PM………………………………………………………………………………… 94.5%

NOX (@1.6ppm ammonia slip)…………………………………………. 99 +%

SO2………………………………………………………………………………… 98.5%

VOCs……………………………………………………………………………… 99.5%

Ruben Garcia, president of the Advanced Environmental Group stated: “We couldn’t be more pleased with the results.  The technology is now ready to stand as a cost-effective alternative to shore power.  I would like to thank Metropolitan Stevedoring and Hapag-Lloyd for their deeply-appreciated work with us on this important project.”

The AMECS system has now completed over 1250 hours of on-ship testing.

Fleets using the AMECS technology do not have to modify their ships for use with the AMECS system.  This stands in stark comparison to shore power which requires over $1.5 million in modifications per vessel along with expensive infrastructure upgrades.

The AMECS patented exhaust capture system slips over the existing exhaust ports on the vessel and relays emissions through ductwork to the AMECS system.

Bob Sharp, VP Engineering said “It is gratifying to see these test results.  They represent almost a decade of hard work perfecting the art of efficiently removing harmful pollutants from the air.”

The AMECS team went on to thank AQMD and CARB for their stewardship throughout the development process on AMECS, along with testing companies AKI and Environ for their professionalism and quality work.  The AMECS team also sincerely thanks Hapag-Lloyd for “donating” one of their ships for testing, Metropolitan Stevedoring for hosting the test and Plains for its ongoing support and assistance.

AMECS now enters the production phase.  Those interested in securing systems in the first production run should contact Ruben Garcia at 310-505-9636 or via email at




Long Beach —  The Port of Long Beach(POLB) has just approved major funding in the amount of $2,065,000 towards a proven cost-effective and highly efficient emission control system for ocean going vessels.

The POLB is funding the Advanced Maritime Emissions Control System(AMECS) which uses its patented technology to attach to the exhaust port of any ocean going vessel and then remove 90%-99% of PM10, PM2.5, NOX, and SO2.

The AMECS system represents the only other alternative method to shore power for reducing ship-based hotelling emissions.

Unlike shore power, AMECS does not require ANY modification to an ocean-going vessel.  AMECS patented “direct connect” technology safely connects to each vessel exhaust port to provide 100% exhaust gas capture.

AMECS does not require major power system infrastructure upgrades that are associated with shore power.  AMECS also provides peace of mind for ports and ship operators as there is no dependence on the power grid and ever-increasing utility rates.

Clay Sandidge, CFO/COO at Muni-Fed Energy said: “We expect shipping companies will take a lead role in asking ports to adopt AMECS so that they can avoid the expense of retrofitting their ships for shore power while exceeding regulatory requirements on emissions.”

AMECS systems can be shore-based or barge-based and can be designed with capacities exceeding 50,000 SCFM.  Barge-based systems can be moved from vessel to vessel to remove criteria pollutants from the vessel’s exhaust gas while the vessel is hotelling.  Continuous emissions monitoring provides assurance to regulatory agencies that pollutants are being removed.

Ruben Garcia, president of ACTI said: “We are extremely gratified that the Port of Long Beach has selected AMECS.  We look forward to making the port more competitive, more efficient, and less reliant on expensive shore power – all while improving the environment.”