ACT Expo 2019: New Forum to Explore the Future of Clean Cargo Handling Equipment

March 28, 2019

At this year’s Advanced Clean Transportation Expo, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) will debut The Future of Clean Cargo Handling Equipment, an all-day forum for terminal operators and other port stakeholders to learn about the future of clean port equipment, including the latest regulatory projections, technological advancements, and infrastructure challenges.

The forum will be presented in three parts and includes a lunchtime ride & drive, giving attendees the chance to experience the advanced clean yard trucks and CHE options making headlines. The ride & drive will feature BYD’s new Gen 2 all-electric yard truck, Orange EV’s all-electric T-Series terminal tractor, TICO’s propane-powered yard spotter, among other vehicles and equipment.

Panelists and speakers at the forum include:

  • Thomas Jelenić, Vice President, PMSA
  • Mike Pagel, Manager, Industry Projects and Measures, BNSF Railway
  • Paul Gagnon, Vice President, SSA Marine
  • Larry Schmitz, Owner, Terminalift
  • Jack Symington, Project Manager, Trucks Division, BYD Motors
  • Mike Saxton, Chief Commercial Officer, Orange EV
  • Patrick Seeberg, Senior Product Manager, Advanced Technologies, Meritor
  • Robert Cruess, Chief Operating Officer , ZeroNox

Additional speakers will be announced in the coming days.

The forum’s comprehensive agenda will cover:

Part 1: Advanced Clean CHE: End-User Case Studies

The last 12 months have been a standout year for demonstrations and commercialization of new low- and zero-emission cargo handling equipment (CHE) technologies, including yard trucks, forklifts, top picks and everything in between.

During this first forum session, attendees will hear directly from some of the industry’s earliest adopters as they share their experiences, successes, key learnings, and challenges in deploying and operating advanced CHE technologies.

Part 2: Advanced Clean CHE: OEM Showcase

New hybrid, battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell, and other vehicles and equipment options are being announced and tested at several west coast terminals. But in the age of clickbait headlines and tech startups, it can often be difficult to tell which technologies are reliable, cost-effective, and nearing commercial-maturity. This session aims to provide a closer look at the available technology solutions for yard trucks, forklifts, top picks, and side picks in three port-focused technology showcases.

Part 3: Funding & TCO Workshop

Funding experts will share how marine terminal operators can identify and apply for a range of funding opportunities including traditional grants and incentives, new utility programs to support infrastructure upgrades, low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) and renewable identification numbers (RIN) credits, and other innovative financing opportunities.

To learn more, view the ACT Expo agenda. To participate in  The Future of Clean Cargo Handling Equipment forum, simply add the event when registering for ACT Expo.