In March 2016, YICT’s Shore Power Phase I Project passed official inspection. The project includes two 4 MVA mobile shore power systems covering five berths that can accommodate 150,000-DWT to 200,000-DWT vessels, thus leading the industry in providing shore power for the world’s largest container vessels. When vessels use shore power, they tap landside electricity for their power needs at berth instead of running diesel-fuelled auxiliary on-board engines. Using shore power reduces noise and emissions, including CO2, SO2 and particulate matter.
YICT is the first Chinese container terminal operator having successfully used liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered container tractors for production. Currently, there are 340 LNG-powered tractors operational around the clock at YICT. Compared to diesel-powered container tractors with the same horsepower, LNG-powered tractors emit 82% less particulate matters.
To reduce port emissions and save fuel, YICT began a project in 2007 to reconfigure its diesel cranes to run on electric power. YICT now has 188 electric rubber-tyred gantry cranes (eRTGC) in operation.
YICT also converted 34 diesel-driven RTGCS into hybrid RTGCs. Hybrid RTGCs consume 30-50 % less fuel than diesel-driven RTGCs, produce 50% less carbon emissions.
Newly delivered quay cranes and some of the RTGCs are now equipped with the latest LED technology. The 10W lamps consume less than one-fourth of the electricity of fluorescent lamps and can last for up to 50,000 hours – about 17 times longer than conventional fluorescent lamps.Currently, there are 32 RTGCs using LED for lighting.
YICT adjusted its container yard lighting after noting the comparatively low truck traffic at night. Half of the yard lights now turn off automatically after midnight. This has helped to save electricity by 20%, which amounts to 840,000 kWh per year.