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LNG as shipping fuel in the Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles (Port) is located in the San Pedro Bay, 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. This thriving seaport not only sustains its competitive edge with record-setting cargo operations, but is also known for groundbreaking environmental initiatives, progressive security measures, diverse recreational and educational facilities, and LA’s emerging waterfront destination.


The Port encompasses 7,500 acres of land and water along 43 miles of waterfront. It features 24 passenger and cargo terminals, including automobile, break-bulk, container, dry and liquid bulk, and warehouse facilities that handle billions of dollars’ worth of cargo each year.


With the global shipping industry showing increased interest in the use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), the Port decided to become an active member in the World Ports Climate Initiative’s (WPCI) LNG Fuelled Vessel Working Group.


The use of LNG as a transportation fuel is not new to the Port. On May 8, 2009, the Port of Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commission approved up to $44.2 million in Port funding toward the purchase of clean trucks at the Port. The Port’s funding coupled with funding provided by local, state and federal regulatory agencies as well as private investment resulted in helping bring over 900 trucks into service at the Port that run on LNG or Compressed Natural Gas.  Additionally, the Port supported the development of an LNG fueling facility (pictured below) in the port complex.


For more information on the Port’s participation in the WPCI LNG Fuelled Vessel Working Group, please visit www.portoflosangeles.org or contact:


Eric Caris

Assistant Director Business Development

e-mail: ecaris@portla.org

phone: (310) 732 3844

Carter Atkins

Environmental Specialist

e-mail: catkins@portla.org

Phone: (310) 732 7649