San Diego Business Journal The Port of San Diego, the organization that manages 34 miles of San Diego’s waterfront, continues its work to improve health through cleaner air for all who live, work and play on and around San Diego Bay.

The Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners has approved a document to help the Port identify projects to improve health through cleaner air while also supporting efficient maritime operations. The Maritime Clean Air Strategy (MCAS) and its vision of “Health Equity for All” represent the Port’s commitment to environmental justice. It is more ambitious than any other clean air policy document of its kind in the state and goes beyond what is currently required by the State of California, said a spokesperson.


Michael Zucchet Chairman Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners

“Our Portside Community neighbors as well as our Working Waterfront and our visitors deserve to breathe clean air,” said Michael Zucchet, chairman at the Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. “The Maritime Clean Air Strategy clearly lays out what our goals, aspirations, and expectations are for ourselves and for the people who do and want to do business with the Port of San Diego. The MCAS positions us and our tenants to attract grants and investment from the State for clean air equipment and electrified heavy-duty trucks. The Port of San Diego has already proven to be a leader in this area with shore power and other clean air equipment and infrastructure, and the MCAS is our roadmap as to how we can finish that job in the coming years.”

Health Equity

As an update to the Port’s 2007 Clean Air Program, MCAS aims to improve air quality by 2030. This includes establishing more specific, near-term emissions reduction goals and objectives to be accomplished within the next five-year period between 2021 and June 30, 2026, according to the Port.

Highlights of the MCAS goals and/or objectives that go beyond State requirements include: a goal of 100% of cargo trucks calling on the Port of San Diego cargo maritime terminals being zero emissions (ZE) vehicles by 2030; a goal of 100% of cargo handling equipment being ZE by 2030; facilitate implementation of the first all-electric tugboat in the United States by June 30, 2026; and installation of new portable air filtration devices at participating Portside Community residences.

Other Port of San Diego clean air projects include doubling shore power for cruise ships by 2023 and adding an alternative technology to reduce ocean-going emissions at berth at the National City Marine Terminal by 2025 in alignment with State requirements, among others.

Port of San Diego
PRESIDENT/CEO: Joe Stuyvesant
BUSINESS: Organization that manages the San Diego waterfront
NOTABLE: Economic impact of $9.4B in 2017