This Administration has been a strong supporter of marine transportation as an environmentally friendly alternative to road and rail when shipping goods throughout America. And the U.S. maritime industry is becoming even more environmentally-friendly each day. More and more shipyards and ports have made investments to reduce their footprint.
Yesterday I toured the Port of New Bedford, Massachusetts, and was excited to see its efforts to reduce vessel emissions. A few years ago, the Maritime Administration supported a joint study with the Port of New Bedford Harbor Development Commission (HDC) to examine the emissions-reducing potential of using shore-generated power for the fleet of commercial fishing vessels while in port.
Today, with 16 shore-side electric power pedestals installed, and port-provided rebates to vessel owners who retrofit their vessels for shore-side power, the Port of New Bedford is at the forefront of the maritime industry's steady shift to green.
The Port is also building a new Marine Commerce Terminal, a 28-acre state-of-the-art facility and the first ever in the United States designed specifically to support the construction, assembly, and deployment of enormous wind turbines for both landside wind farms in the Northeast and offshore wind projects like Nantucket Sound's Cape Wind. So, not only is the port shifting to a greener source of in-port power--electricity; it's actually taking an active role in greening the production of that power.
Congratulations to the Port of New Bedford for working to reduce vessel emissions and embracing the green energy economy.
Chip Jaenichen is the Acting Administrator of the Maritime Administration.