Grant helps port upgrade equipment

Published 10:27 pm Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Port of Virginia will install new, low-emission, hybrid cargo-handling equipment — the first of its kind on the East Coast — after receiving a $750,000 federal grant, according to a port news release.

Three Tier 1 diesel-powered straddle carriers will be replaced with Tier 4 diesel-electric shuttle carriers.

“We’re going to phase out some older machines that have come to the end of their usefulness and will eventually be headed to recycling,” stated John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the port.

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The port will add $2,673,000 to the federal grant to fund the project, according to the release.