Port of San Diego moves closer to net zero



Port of San Diego has purchased two all-electric Konecranes Gottwald Generation 6 Mobile Harbour Cranes.

The new all-electric, battery-supported cranes will replace the diesel-powered crane currently in use at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal (TAMT) and will be the first in use in North America.

The Port anticipates receiving and putting the cranes into operation in mid-2023. The final cost for the cranes will be approximately $14 million and will support the Port’s Maritime Clean Air Strategy (MCAS) and its “Health Equity for All” vision while also increasing productivity and cargo business opportunities at TAMT.

Chairman Dan Malcolm, Port of San Diego board of port commissioners said: “This is just the start of us delivering on our promise to do our part in improving air quality and public health. It’s also an excellent example of how we can meet our clean air and environmental goals while supporting business and job growth.” 

Andreas Moeller, senior sales manager, region Americas for Konecranes, added: “Konecranes has been working closely with the Port of San Diego for over 20 years, and we're delighted that the first all-electric Konecranes Gottwald Generation 6 mobile harbour cranes in the Americas will make history as the right solution for the Port’s current needs.”

The conversion from a diesel-powered crane to an all-electric crane system gets the port closer to achieving a long-term goal of 100 percent zero-emission cargo handling equipment by 2030. The new crane system will represent the heaviest lift capability of any crane system currently in place on the West Coast, providing the port with an increased maximum lift capacity up to 400 metric tons (MT) versus the 100 MT lifting capacity of the Port’s diesel crane. Much of the heavy-lift cargoes destined for this region weigh more than 200 MT, including larger pieces of solar, wind, and industrial energy equipment as well as project cargoes.

TAMT, one of the Port’s two marine cargo terminals, serves as an omni-cargo terminal consisting of a 96-acre facility and handles breakbulk, bulk, container, and project cargos such as transformers for regional utilities in addition to steel and engines used in local shipbuilding.

The Konecranes Gottwald all-electric mobile harbour crane system became commercially available in 2021. The conversion of the diesel-powered mobile harbour crane to a fully electric mobile harbour crane system would eliminate all nitrogen oxides (NOx) and diesel particulate matter (DPM).