Shore power station unveiled Monday

$4 million station at 10th Ave. Marine Terminal

SAN DIEGO - A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for Monday for a four-million-dollar shore power station at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal.

The equipment will allow ships to plug in to get power so they won't have to run their air-polluting diesel engines while docked.

The Port of San Diego says the power station should provide cleaner air for residents of Barrio Logan.

The California Air Resources Board has required ports to install the shore power systems for refrigerated vessels and cruise ships.

The Dole Ecuador is expected to be the first vessel to plug into the new system.

The 96-acre facility is used by ships importing produce to the western U.S.

Port officials say the Dole Fresh Fruit Company imports 185 million bananas monthly through the terminal.

Last year, the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal and National City Marine Terminal received 475 ship calls according to the port.

The Port of San Diego says it plans to add a second station at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal in the future.

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