International Dredging Review

International Dredging Review

The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Shanghai today signed a formal agreement on July 10 to exchange information technical expertise and best practices to expand the use of shore power at the Port of Shanghai.

The signing ceremony concluded the sixth meeting of the U.S.–China Strategic and Economic Dialogue co-chaired by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew China’s Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi. The annual conference brings the two nations together to address mutual challenges and opportunities on a wide range of bilateral regional and global issues.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti hailed China’s growing interest in reducing vessel emissions as part of its larger efforts to improve air quality. Garcetti said the EcoPartnership strengthens ties established in 2005 under a Los Angeles–Shanghai Friendship Port Agreement.

Shore power which allows ships at berth to turn off auxiliary engines and run on clean energy to power vital onboard systems has unprecedented air quality benefits.