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Overview of Clean Diesel Grants Awarded for Ports Projects

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Overview of Ports-Only Projects that were Awarded Clean Diesel Grants: 2008-2018

Chart of DERA Grant Funds Awarded Solely to Ports ProjectsSince 2008, a total of 150 clean diesel grants have been awarded to port specific projects, totaling $148 million.  An additional $64 million was awarded through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) to multi-sector projects that involve ports. 

The graphic to the right shows an overview of DERA and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding by year for ports projects. DERA funding includes solicitations through national and ports requests for proposals as well as through allocations to states. 

These projects retrofit or replace diesel engines, resulting in:  
  • Immediate emissions reductions of harmful pollutants,
  • Protection of public health and the environment, 
  • Economic growth and increase in jobs, and
  • Acceleration of fleet turnover to cleaner next generation technologies.
Learn more about current DERA funding opportunities:

Summary of Funding Totals and Source for Ports-Only Grants

Below is a table that summarizes the approximate total award and source for ports-only DERA grant funding.

Recipient Year Approximate Total Award of DERA Grants for Ports-only Projects Number of Ports-Only Projects Awarded Funding through the National DERA RFP Number of Ports-Only Projects Awarded Funding through the State DERA Allocations Number of Ports-Only Projects Awarded Funding through DERA Ports RFP
2018 $10 million 10   N/A
2017 $15 million 14 2 N/A
2016 $14 million 13 2 N/A
2015 $6 million 7 2 N/A
2014 $9 million 5 3 4
2013 $7 million 5 3 6

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Project Details for Ports-Only Projects Funded through DERA Grants (2013-2018)

The table below provides specifics for ports-only projects from 2013 to 2018 that were funded through DERA grants.  For years 2008 - 2012, ports projects can be found on the Clean Diesel website from the links provided in the section below (All Clean Diesel Funded Projects for 2008-2018).

NOTE: Click the green plus sign to view more information about each row.

Recipient Year Name of Grant Recipient Type Location Award Amount Funding Source Project Summary
2016 Connecticut Maritime Foundation Marine Vessel Repower New York Harbor Area, New York and Connecticut $507,546 National DERA RFP This project will repower engines on a marine vessel, replacing old, higher emitting engines with new EPA-certified cleaner engines.
2016 University of Puerto Rico Med Sciences Campus Drayage Truck Replacement and Retrofit San Juan Port and surrounding area, Puerto Rico $1, 267,153 National DERA RFP Replacement of old heavy-duty drayage trucks with cleaner 2011 or newer models and retrofit heavy-duty trucks with Disel Oxidation Catalysts.  In addition, the project will provide meeting(s)/seminar(s) to raise awareness of the environmental impacts of diesel emissions and provide information on emissions reduction.
2016 Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Short-Haul Truck Replacement Port of Newark/Elizabeth and others, New Jersey and New York $1,800,000 National DERA RFP Replacement of model year 2006 and older short-haul trucks serving Port Authority facilities with cleaner 2011 and newer models.
2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association Drayage Truck Replacement Ports of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Wilmington, Delaware $978,302 National DERA RFP Replacement of 27 to 28 drayage trucks with newer trucks.
2016 Maryland Environmental Service Cargo Handling Equipment Replacement or Repower & Locomotive Anti-Idling Port of Baltimore, Maryland $978,302 National DERA RFP Replacement or repowering of 25 cargo handling equipment vehicles, and upgrading of five locomotives with anti-idling stop-start devices.
2016 Connecticut Maritime Foundation Marine Propulsion and Auxiliary Engines Repower New London County, Connecticut; and Suffolk County, New York $800,000 National DERA RFP Repower six Tier 0 (unregulated) marine propulsion and auxiliary engines in two ferries, Cape Henlopen and New London, with EPA Tier 3-certified engines.  The vessels operate within two marginal Ozone non-attainment areas. 
2016 Massachusetts Port Authority Drayage Truck Replacement Port of Boston Conley Container Terminal and South Boston, Massachusetts $800,000 National DERA RFP Replacement of 26 Class 8 drayage trucks that have pre 2005 model year engines with newer trucks that have 2011 EPA emission compliant engines. The project benefits will focus on South Boston, a part of the city that receives a disproportionate quantity of diesel emissions and is considered an Environmental Justice Community by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
2016 Alabama Department of Transportation Ferry Repower with Zero Emissions System Wilcox County, Alabama $1,092,650 National DERA RFP Replacement of four diesel engines and a generating set on the Gees Bend Ferry (passenger and vehicle ferry) with a zero emissions battery-electric system.
2016 Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Drayage Truck Retrofit and Replacement Virginia Port Authority Green Operators Program, Virginia $155,228 State DERA Allocation Replacement of approximately seven older drayage trucks with 2011 or newer trucks to reduce emissions through a sub-agreement with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Administration (MARAMA).
2016 Georgia Ports Authority Drayage Truck Replacement Savannah area, Georgia $1,370,629 National DERA RFP Replacement of approximately 63 Class 8b drayage trucks, model years 1995-2007, with model year 2011 or newer heavy duty trucks with diesel particulate filters. The replaced trucks will be scrapped for program income to reduce loans.
2016 Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Drayage Truck Replacement Puget Sound area, Washington $800,000 National DERA RFP Replacement of at least 29 older (1994-2006) drayage trucks with trucks that are powered by 2011 or newer diesel engines or alternative-fueled trucks with equivalent emissions.
2016 City of Long Beach Harbor Department Yard Tractor Replacement Port of Long Beach, California $1,469,818 National DERA RFP Replacement of five diesel powered yard tractors with five electric automated guided vehicles (AGVs).
2016 Bay Area Air Quality Management District Switcher Locomotive Replacement Port of Richmond, and Port of San Francisco, California $1,420,263 National DERA RFP Replacement of three switcher locomotives operating in goods movement service with three lower-emitting Tier 4 locomotives. This is a collaborative effort between the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Richmond Pacific Railroad Corporation, and the Port of San Francisco to achieve significant emissions reductions in the most highly impacted communities in the Bay Area.
2016 South Coast Air Quality Management District Switcher Locomotive Replacement Port of Long Beach area, California $523,809 National DERA RFP Replacement of one pre-model year 1973 unregulated diesel switcher locomotive used to assemble together rail carts to form trains with a new Tier 4 Knoxville Locomotive Works diesel switcher.
2016 Maryland Department of the Environment Drayage Truck Replacement Port of Baltimore, Maryland $147,873 State DERA Allocation Replacement of seven drayage trucks with 2010 model year or newer trucks as part of the Baltimore Port Clean Diesel Initiative that provides financial assistance for replacement of drayage trucks operating at the Port of Baltimore.
2015 Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Drayage Truck Replacement Port of Newark/Elizabeth and others, New Jersey $1,000,000 National DERA RFP Replacement of model year 2006 and older short-haul trucks with cleaner 2011 and newer models.
2015 Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Drayage Truck Replacement Virginia Port Authority Green Operators Program, Virginia $155,228 State DERA Allocation Replacement of approximately seven older drayage trucks with 2011 or newer trucks by providing financial incentives and rebates.
2015 Maryland Environmental Service Drayage Truck Replacement Port of Baltimore and Baltimore area transportation corridors, Maryland $870,000 National DERA RFP Replacement of 25 older drayage trucks with newer trucks.
2015 Maryland Department of the Environment Drayage Truck Replacement Port of Baltimore, Maryland $147,873 State DERA Allocation Replacement of seven older drayage trucks with 2010 model year or newer trucks as part of the Baltimore Port Clean Diesel Initiative.
2015 Massachusetts Port Authority Rubber Tire Gantry Crane Repowering Paul W. Conley Marine Terminal, Massachusetts $333,185 National DERA RFP Replacement of five Tier 3 generator sets on five rubber tired gantry cranes with generator sets certified to meet Tier 4 emissions standards.
2015 Georgia Ports Authority Drayage Truck Replacement Garden City Container Terminal, Georgia $990,000 National DERA RFP Replacement of approximately 33 Class 8b drayage trucks of 1993-2006 vintage with model year 2011 or newer trucks with diesel particulate filters. The replaced trucks are to be scrapped for program income to reduce loans.
2015 American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest Drayage Truck Replacement and Upgrades Upper Midwest of U.S. $550,000 National DERA RFP Replacement and upgrades of 11 Class 8 drayage trucks. Education and outreach efforts were planned to take place sponsored by the project partners (Illinois Green Fleets, Chicago Clean Area Clean Cities, South Shore Clean Cities, Midwest Clean Diesel Coalition and the Illinois Clean Diesel Workgroup).
2015 Port of New Orleans Clean Truck Replacement Incentive Program Port of New Orleans and cargo terminals and warehouses along the Mississippi River and the Industrial Canal, Louisiana $727,000 National DERA RFP Early replacement through Clean Truck Replacement Incentive Program (Clean TRIP) of short-haul drayage trucks with cleaner models, year 2011 or newer. The Port of New Orleans planned to use the Clean TRIP program to initiate a community dialogue around air quality and opportunities for improvement, and to catalyze port industry efforts under the broader Port of New Orleans Clean Air Program.
2015 City of Long Beach Harbor Department Yard Tractor Replacement City of Long Beach, California $1,346,895 National DERA RFP Replacement of eight diesel yard tractors with all-electric automated guided vehicles.
2014 City of Los Angeles Harbor Department Crane Replacement San Pedro Bay (Los Angeles County), California $1,323,266 Ports DERA RFP This project will replace one diesel-powered crane at the Port of Los Angeles with an all-electric, zero emission crane.
2014 New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Ferry Vessel Repower The marine vessel operates between Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, and terminal locations in New York City. $1,372,938 Ports DERA RFP This project will replace four Tier 1 marine propulsion engines with Tier 4 certified engines.This project replaced emissions from one ferry boat by repowering four Tier 1 propulsion engines with two Tier 4 certified engines. The ferry operates near communities that have been identified as areas of poor air quality.
2014 Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Cargo Handling Equipment Retrofit & Drayage Truck Replacement Port of Portland, Oregon $1,490,165 Ports DERA RFP This project will retrofit three pieces of cargo handling equipment, an aerial lift and two terminal tractors with diesel particulate filters. The project will also replace 23 older Class 8 drayage trucks with models powered by model year 2011 or newer certified engines.
2014 Port of Houston Authority Drayage Truck Replacements Port of Houston and along the Houston Ship Channel (Harris County, Texas) $863,244 Ports DERA RFP

This project will replace 25 older Class 8 drayage trucks with models powered by model year 2011 or newer certified engines.

Media News:  Let Houston be model to fight port pollutionExit

2014 CLF Ventures Marine Propulsion Engine and Generator Set Repower New England area of U.S. $300,000 National DERA RFP Replacement of two Tier 1 marine propulsion engines and two Tier 0 generator sets with engines meeting Tier 3 marine engine standards. This is a partnership between CLF Ventures, Inc. and Riverside Marine Construction, Inc.
2014 Connecticut Maritime Foundation Marine Engine Repower New York and Connecticut area $596,066 National DERA RFP Replacement of the engines on a passenger ferry operating between Orient Point, NY and New London, CT, with new EPA-certified cleaner engines.
2014 Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Drayage Truck Replacement Virginia $155,228 State DERA Allocation Replacement of approximately seven older drayage trucks with 2011 or newer trucks. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality administers the project is through a sub-agreement with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Administration (MARAMA).
2014 Delaware River and Bay Authority Marine Propulsion Engine Repower Delaware $975,000 National DERA RFP Repowering of two Tier 0 marine propulsion engines in one vessel with EPA Tier 3 certified engines.
2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association Drayage Truck Replacement Delaware and Virginia $746,402 National DERA RFP Voluntary replacement of approximately 19 drayage trucks having 1995-2003 engines with 2010 or newer engines that service the Port of Virginia or the Port of Wilmington.
2014 Maryland Department of the Environment Drayage Truck Replacement Port of Baltimore, Maryland $147,873 State DERA Allocation Replacement of seven drayage trucks with 2010 model year or newer trucks as part of the Baltimore Port Clean Diesel Initiative that provides financial assistance for replacement of the trucks.
2014 Missouri Department of Natural Resources Tugboat Engine Repower Missouri $134,215 State DERA Allocation Implementation of a tugboat engine repower grant program for fleets with tugboats that are stationed and operate in the state. The fleets that received funds were selected by comparing the locations where the vessels are operated and the emission reductions projected to be achieved by the proposed projects. Tugboat engines rated at Tier 0 were repowered with engines that were EPA certified to Tier 2 or better emission standards, or engines rated at Tier 1 were repowered with engines that were EPA certified to Tier 3 or better.
2014 Port of Houston Authority Drayage Truck Replacement Houston and Galveston area, Texas $894,059 National DERA RFP Replacement of approximately 14 older drayage trucks with newer models. The project supports the expansion of the Houston-Galveston Drayage Truck Program implemented by the Port of Houston Authority and the Houston­-Galveston Area Council.
2013 City of Los Angeles Harbor Department Cargo Handling Equipment Retrofit San Pedro Bay/Los Angeles, California $469,000 Ports DERA RFP

This project will retrofit 14 pieces of cargo handling equipment with diesel particulate filters at the Port of Los Angeles.

Media News: $469,000 Grant for Equipment Retrofit Aimed at Further Improving L.A. Harbor Air Quality Exit

2013 Maryland Port Administration Drayage Truck Replacement Baltimore & Anne Arundel Counties, Maryland $749,995 Ports DERA RFP

This project will provide incentives to replace 35 pre-1997 model year drayage trucks in service at the Port of Baltimore with trucks powered by 2010 or newer certified engines.

Media News: Port Awarded Funding to Improve Air Quality (PDF) Exit

2013 Port of Hueneme Phase II Shore Power Infrastructure Project Ventura County, California $500,000 Ports DERA RFP

This project will complete electrification of Wharf #1 and allow the port to supply shore-side power to ocean going vessels at all three berths simultaneously, thereby reducing emissions from ship idling.

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2013 Port of Seattle Drayage Truck Replacement and Scrappage King County, Washington $1,200,000 Ports DERA RFP

This project will provide incentives to replace 40 older heavy-duty drayage trucks with trucks powered by 2010 or newer certified engines. The project will supplement the port’s existing Scrappage and Replacements for Air in Puget Sound 2 (ScRAPS 2) truck replacement program.

Media News: New Drayage Truck Requirements, New Truck Scrapping Program Exit

2013 Port of Tacoma Switcher Locomotive Repower Pierce County, Washington $601,949 Ports DERA RFP

This project will repower a Tier 0 switcher locomotive with a Tier 3+ engine equipped with an automatic start-stop system to reduce idling.

Media News: Port receives grant to improve air quality Exit

2013 Virginia Port Authority Hybrid Shuttle Carrier Demonstration Project Hampton Roads, Virginia $750,000 Ports DERA RFP

This project will replace three Tier 1 shuttle carriers with Tier 4 hybrid diesel-electric shuttle carriers in operation at the Port of Virginia.

Media News: Port Using EPA Grant to Purchase Hybrid Equipment Exit

2013 Connecticut Maritime Foundation Marine Tug and Ferry Repower New York Harbor and Connecticut $600,000 National DERA RFP Repower three vessels (one tug and two ferries) by replacing six diesel engines with new diesel engines that meet cleaner EPA standards.
2013 Clean Air Council Tug Repower and Refrigeration Truck Cooling Unit Repower Port of Wilmington, Delaware $208,083 National DERA RFP Repowered main engines and auxiliary generators of the Captain Harry Tug, and replaced refrigeration trucks cooling units with newer hybrid units that allowed the cooling part of the unit to run on electricity, instead of diesel fuel.
2013 Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Marine Propulsion Repower Delaware Bay, Delaware $107,979 State DERA Allocation Repowered a launch vessel by replacing two diesel propulsion engines.
2013 Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission Vessel Repower Southeastern Missouri $500,000 National DERA RFP Repowered engines on two Mississippi River pushboats. Four engines were replaced, two on each boat. Older unrated Tier 0 engines were replaced with Tier 3 rated engines.
2013 Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Tug Repower and Rebuild Mississippi $151,849 State DERA Allocation Repowered and rebuilt tugboat engines to a higher (cleaner) emission standard as part of a statewide subgrant program to assist owners of tugboats operating in Mississippi waters.
2013 Georgia Ports Authority Drayage Truck Replacement Savannah area, Georgia $830,392 National DERA RFP Replaced approximately 30 drayage trucks of 1995-2005 vintage with trucks powered by 2010 or newer engines.
2013 Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Drayage Truck Replacement Portland area, Oregon $117,787 State DERA Allocation Replaced two older Class 8b drayage trucks with trucks powered by newer engines.
2013 Board of Port of Commissioners of The Port of Oakland Repower and Retrofit Cranes Port of Oakland area, California $282,293 National DERA RFP Repowered up to four rubber tire gantry cranes with Tier 4 engines, and retrofit one top-pick container crane with a diesel particulate filter.
2017 Port of Houston Authority Truck, School Bus, and Street Sweeper Replacement Port of Houston $143,500 National DERA RFP The Port of Houston Authority will replace one onroad street sweeper, two trucks, and two school buses.
2017 Columbia Corridor Association Drayage Truck Replacement Multnomah County, Oregon $353,584 National DERA RFP This project will replace ten heavy duty trucks used in goods movement and delivery.
2017 CLF Ventures Marine Vessel Repower Block Island $386,105 National DERA RFP This project will install three Tier 3 marine propulsion engines in one ferry, take the three older Tier 1 engines from that ferry and install them in a second ferry. 
2017 Bay Area Air Quality Management District Locomotive Replacement Oakland, California $639,670 National DERA RFP This project will replace one uncontrolled, high-polluting, switcher locomotive with a low emission Tier 4 locomotive.
2017 Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Marine Vessel Repower Puget Sound Harbor $650,000 National DERA RFP This project will provide incentives to replace at least 12 to 19 engines on 6 to 8 harbor vessels.
2017 Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority Marine Vessel Repower Port of Cleveland $750,000 National DERA RFP This project will replace 1940's era single engine tug boats with new dual Tier 3 engine tug boats. 
2017 Connecticut Maritime Foundation Marine Vessel Repower Atlantic Highlands, NJ; Highlands, NJ; Jersey City, NJ;  Hoboken, NJ; and Manhattan, NY $864,907 National DERA RFP Replace tug boat propulsion engines with Tier 3 engines.
2017 University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus Drayage Truck Retrofit and Replacement Port of San Juan $991,253 National DERA RFP This project will replace 9 old heavy duty trucks with 2012 or newer models and retrofit 17 heavy duty trucks with Diesel Oxidation Catalysts (DOCs).
2017 South Coast Air Quality Management District Short-Haul Truck Replacement South Coast Air Basin $1,050,000 National DERA RFP This project will replace ten 2012+ model year drayage trucks with 2017+ model year trucks powered by CNG engines. The 2012+ trucks will be transferred to the Washington State to replace ten MY1995-2006 drayage trucks.
2017 Georgia Ports Authority Drayage Truck Replacement Georgia $1,100,000 National DERA RFP This project will replace 37 old diesel powered dray trucks with newer trucks.
2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association Drayage Truck Replacement Ports of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Wilmington, Delaware $1,386,572 National DERA RFP This project will replace up to 40 drayage trucks with 2012+ model year trucks. 
2017 Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Short-Haul Truck Replacement New Jersey, New York City $1,750,000 National DERA RFP This project will replace 70 model year 1996-2006 port drayage trucks with model year 2012+ port drayage trucks.
2017 Virginia Port Authority Straddle Carrier Replacement Port of Virginia - Norfolk International Terminals $2,000,000 National DERA RFP This project will replace 9 diesel straddle carriers at Norfolk International Terminals with newer, cleaner cargo handling equipment that will operate using hybrid technology and will incorporate the newest Tier IV engines certified by EPA.
2017 City of Long Beach Harbor Department Marine Vessel Repower Port of Long Beach $2,423,448 National DERA RFP This project will replace replace 11 diesel powered marine engines (7 propulsion and 4 auxiliary) to Tier 3 engine standards and will repower the diesel-electric engines of 3 rubber-tired gantry cranes to all-electric zero-emissions operation.
2017 Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Drayage Truck Retrofit and Replacement Virginia Port Authority $255,042 State DERA Allocation This project will retrofit older drayage trucks or replace them with 2011+ model year trucks.
2017 Maryland Department of the Environment Drayage Truck Replacement Port of Baltimore $368,039 State DERA Allocation This project will replace 60 dray trucks with 2012+ model year trucks. 
2018 CLF Ventures Marine Vessel Repower Massachusetts $579,991 National DERA RFP Engine replacement in Ferry Vessel.
2018 Connecticut Maritime Foundation Inc. Marine Vessel Repower Connecticut $653,277 National DERA RFP Engine replacement in Ferry Vessel.
2018 Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Drayage Truck Replacement New York, New Jersey $2,000,000 National DERA RFP Replacement of 80 drayage trucks.
2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association Drayage Truck Replacement Ports and railyards of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware $1,341,117 National DERA RFP Replacement of 40 drayage trucks that have older (1997 – 2006) engines.  
2018 Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Marine Vessel Repower Potomac River in Washington, DC and surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia $881,859 National DERA RFP Repower 4 diesel propulsion engines and 4 auxiliary engines on two marine passenger vessels.
2018 Maryland Environmental Service Marine Vessel Repower, Cargo Handling Equipment Repower and Replacement, Drayage Truck Replacement Port of Baltimore $2,453,952 National DERA RFP Cargo handling equipment upgrades, replace 35 drayage trucks, and propulsion and auxillary engine replacement in marine vessel.
2018 Wisconsin Clean Cities Southeast Area Inc. Drayage Truck and Wheel Loader Replacement Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin $475,000 National DERA RFP Replace 12 drayage trucks and one wheel loader.
2018 Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission Marine Vessel Repower Mississippi River $365,545 National DERA RFP Mississippi River workboat engine replacement.
2018 City of Los Angeles - Harbor Department Marine Vessel Repower, and Terminal Equipment Replacement Port of Los Angeles, and San Pedro Bay $279,750 National DERA RFP Replace four Tier 2 diesel engines on two tugboats operating in San Pedro Bay with cleaner Tier 4 engines. Also, replace one diesel terminal sweeper at the Port of Los Angeles with two Tier 4 engines.
2018 South Coast Air Quality Management District Locomotive Replacement Port of Long Beach $719,500 National DERA RFP Replace one switcher locomotive, and send replaced locomotive to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District.

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All Clean Diesel Funded Projects for 2008-2018

Below is a link to projects in sectors other than ports and at ports that were funded through either the National, Tribal, Ports, Emerging Technologies, , ARRA, or SmartWay Finance DERA Request for Proposals (RFP) from 2008-2018.

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