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Port of Everett To Purchase New Environmentally Friendly Cargo Handling Equipment With "Smart Alarms"

Post Date:06/13/2006

Everett, Wash. - The Everett Port Commission approved the purchase of two reachstakers and a forklift for its shipping terminals, all of which come equipped with "smart alarms" aimed at reducing the noise level of the backup alarms during off-peak hours.

These alarms consist of an ambient noise sensor that measures the surrounding noise and adjusts the backup alarms accordingly. The new technology, which is certified by the regulatory agencies, should reduce the loud backup alarms during the nighttime hours, said Carl Wollebek, director of marine terminals for the Port. For example, if there were hardly any noise outside, the alarm wouldn't beep as loud.

"This new equipment should reduce the noise levels of the alarms by using the ambient noise measurement technology, as well as help reduce unnecessary noise at the terminals," Wollebek said.

The equipment, which totals approximately $1.2 million, is the cleanest, most environmentally friendly machines that are available to date. The purchase of this new equipment allows the Port to set the standard for cargo handling equipment in the region. The Port of Everett, along with several other ports in the region, are partnering with the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency to conduct an air emissions inventory and to help reduce air emissions at ports.

"The equipment will make us a better neighbor, more environmentally friendly, and also increase business opportunities for the Port," Port Commissioner Connie Niva said. "I think it is smart of us to be ahead of the curve like this."

Furthermore, the Port of Everett is one of only 28 agencies in the state to receive a Department of Ecology grant to retrofit its marine terminal equipment with the goal of reducing air emissions. As part of the grant, Ecology will visit the Port of Everett in early July to inspect the Port's marine terminal equipment to determine which vehicles are best suited for retrofitting.

The reachstakers should be delivered within 22 weeks, while the forklift won't arrive until March 2007.

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