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OOCL implements greener truck use in Long Beach

OOCL implements greener truck use in Long Beach

Hong Kong: The container division of Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Limited has announced a voluntarily stoppage on use of cargo trucks built before 1990 to comply early with the Long Beach port's upcoming ban on old, dirty diesel trucks as of January 1, 2008.

In November, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles each approved a Clean Trucks Program to replace or retrofit nearly 17,000 trucks that serve the two ports. Beginning October 1, 2008, trucks built in 1989 or earlier will not be allowed to enter shipping terminals at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. By Jan. 1, 2012, all drayage trucks serving the ports must meet the stringent 2007 federal emissions limits.

The program aims to cut drayage truck emissions by 80% in five years.

Peter Leng, Orient Overseas Container Line (USA) president said, "OOCL is fully committed to reducing its air emissions as part of our environmental protection campaign. We welcome the opportunity to work together with the Port of Long Beach on this program, which will have long-term benefits for the environment and the community in Southern California."  [15/01/08]