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%