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Ocean-going vessels are often viewed as major contributors to air pollution—a particular concern for port communities where vessel engines generate emissions at berth. Matson tasked Glosten with developing cold ironing solutions for eight of their vessels at the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Oakland in California.
Cold ironing, also known as alternative marine power (AMP), involves completely shutting down vessel engines and generators in port and connecting to shore-based electrical power to run lights, ventilation, communications, pumps, and other vessel systems. The concept of using dockside electrical infrastructure to power large containerships while in port was brand new when the project began. There were no standards in place to guide the conversion process, adding an additional layer of complexity to the project.