Yantian's six 4 MVA mobile shore power systems covering 13 mega berths, 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.
Yantian 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 Yantian. 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, Yantian began a project in 2007 to reconfigure its diesel cranes to run on electric power. Yantian now has 198 electric gantry cranes in operation.
Yantian 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 120 RTGCs using LED for lighting.
Yantian 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.