Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn recently signed a landmark agreement with shipping lines to eliminate idling by ships while at berth in the Port of Los Angeles.
Diesel exhaust from ships is a major contributor to air pollution in the Los Angeles basin. Switching from the ships' diesel engines to clean electricity while at anchor will significantly reduce pollution in the region.
To accomplish this goal, several hurdles must be overcome including getting power to the docks, working with the Coast Guard who currently requires ships to idle while at berth and many others. While these issues are not insignificant, the environmental benefits make them worth overcoming.
We respectfully ask the Council to join us so that Long Beach can be part of this landmark environmental effort.
Suggested action: Request City Manager to work with the Harbor Department to halt the idling of ships while at berth in the Port of Long Beach.