EMCOR Group recently announced that its Dynalectric subsidiary has been awarded a contract for the installation of alternative maritime power (AMP) and crane cable for the Port of Los Angeles at Terminal Island, Calif. Dynalectric will be responsible for the installation of the underground electrical distribution, medium-voltage switchgear, and associated civil work for 15A (6.6 kV) outlets at the Port.

Instead of running on diesel power while at berth, AMP equipped ships “plug in” to a shore side electrical power source resulting in reduced emissions while docked. AMP technology is often referred as “cold ironing” and has been used for naval vessels, Baltic ferries, and cruise ships operating in Alaska. The Port of Los Angeles is the first port in the world to use AMP technology for in-service container ships.

"We’re pleased to be working with the Port of Los Angeles on this important project," stated Johnny Menninga, president, Dynalectric. "Helping to provide the first AMP technology for use by container ships is an exciting aspect of the project, and coordinating around a busy ship berthing schedule for an active terminal plays to Dynalectric's strength of flexibility and being able to accommodate challenging and changing timelines."