Port of Hueneme, Shore Power Infrastructure
Port Hueneme, CA
As ships “plug-in” at Port Hueneme, diesel pollution disappears
We were active in the Port of Hueneme’s retrofit of shore-power outlets. These upgrades feed three berths at this operating container terminal and our team was responsible for the engineering, design and construction administration for the two-year project.
The project included new 16.9kV service switchgear, 2,000 feet of duct banks, two shore power substations and six shore power outlet boxes. Our task was to design a shore power solution providing 3 MVA, 6.6 kV connection points for ships to “plug-in” while at berth. To install each of these 12’ x 5’ x 3’D vaults, which had to be on the water edge of the wharf, we had to cut into the existing wharf structure. Construction would occur in an operating terminal so work sequences had to be carefully planned and delineated in the construction documents. This project was designed as “fast-track” and procurement specifications were provided to the Port to purchase the switchgear six weeks into the design. Construction documents for plan check submittal were completed in four months. We also coordinated the new service and Rule 21 agreement with Southern California Edison on this compressed schedule.
Our team identified areas where savings were possible and suggested appropriate Energy Conservation Measures. Implementation costs and simple payback were included as part of the report, and recommendations were provided based on cost, savings potential, immediacy of payback and life expectancy of existing equipment.