Labor and equipment shortgages along with strong consumer purchasing demand is creating a perfect storm and overwhelming one of the busiest gateways to the U.S. economy. Cargo vessels sit idle offshore from Los Angeles, waiting for a berth opening, while shipping containers stacked five and six-high crowd the the ports of L.A. and Long Beach.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently ranked air pollution as the major environmental cause of premature death. Researchers from King’s College London, Imperial College London and University of Leicester, sought to analyze the potential health and societal costs of poor mental health in relation to air quality.
Rising air pollution in Delhi has forced the authorities to issue a ban on the use of diesel generators from October 15, 2020 until further orders.
The Port of Long Beach is committed to improving air quality and reducing the impact of goods movement through their port. To facilitate this, the Port conducts an annual inventory of air emissions from port-related sources to track progress for improving air quality and reducing health risks to surrounding communities. The Port's current findings show that the introduction of new generation diesel trucks has generated substantial clean air benefits for communities located near their freight facilities compared to previous levels.
The current emissions inventory released from the Port of Long Beach demonstrates the impact of introducing the latest clean diesel technology contributed towards substantial air quality improvements for communities located near freight facilities. In 2019, trucks serving the Port generated only 7 tons of fine particle (PM 2.5) emissions, a significant reduction from the nearly 200 tons produced in 2005. This reduction is despite a 14 percent increase in cargo volumes and largely due to the introduction of new technology diesel trucks.
The Port of Long Beach - Clean Trucks Program, instituted jointly by the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, requires that all trucks meet the latest tailpipe emissions standard for PM 2.5 and new trucks entering service in the port as of 2018 must meet the near-zero tailpipe emissions standard for ozone-forming compounds (NOx) as well. According to the latest data, 90 percent of the estimated 14,000 port trucks entering and exiting marine terminals in southern California are powered by diesel and about 65 percent are of the latest generation diesel technology. The remaining ten percent are primarily natural gas-powered vehicles. This is significantly better than California state, where only 36 percent of trucks are the latest generation diesel.
This newly published data demonstrates the impact the turnover of the latest generation diesel technology can have on frontline communities located near freight facilities as well as the states and regions across the country.
In 2019, the World Health Organization reported that India had 13 of the world's 20 most polluted cities. Although emission standards for diesel engines and generator sets was set in 2004, as recently as 2014 these standards were modified to be more stringent in an attempt to address the continued high levels of air pollution. Following these changes, the India Supreme Court began cracking down on Delhi generator pollution and frequently puts in place emergency orders to address dangerous levels of pollution.
Imports and exports have rebounded at the Port of Oakland which expects a “strong fourth quarter for 2020.”
Rates for truckloads reached all-time highs this August, according to DAT Freight & Analytics, the industry’s largest online marketplace for spot market freight. Van, refrigerated and flatbed rates increased month-over-month, and load-to-truck ratios rose in all three equipment types.
FRANKLIN, Mass., Sept. 30, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — RYPOS, Inc., developer, and manufacturer of advanced exhaust filtration systems that reduce particulate matter (PM) from diesel engines, is pleased to announce the release of an active, self-cleaning Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) for Carrier X4 models 7300 and 7500, 2013 and newer.