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.”