Red Hook Container Terminal Begins Commercial Operation of Fleet of 10 Heavy-Duty Zero Emission Battery Electric Yard Tractors

 Red Hook Container Terminals LLC announced today that it has begun regular commercial operation of ten (10) BYD Motors heavy-duty zero-emission battery electric yard tractors at its container terminal in Port Newark, New Jersey. The Red Hook fleet represents the single largest deployment of zero-emission battery electric trucks in the eastern United States and the first at a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey marine terminal.

The heavy-duty zero emission battery electric yard tractors are being used to move cargo containers at the Red Hook Marine Terminal in Port Newark and are also being used for making runs to the other terminals at Port Newark and Port Elizabeth and runs to the Millennium Marine Rail yard. Red Hook operates the cross-harbor barging operation that eliminates tens of thousands of truck trips per year off the roads of New Jersey and New York and so the deployment represents the most recent example of Red Hook’s continuing leading role in the fields of port-related environmental stewardship and global sustainability.

The Red Hook zero-emission battery electric truck fleet project was developed and managed by Climate Change Mitigation Technologies LLC (CCMT), the leading New Jersey-based developer and manager of zero-emission truck and bus projects for public and private fleets. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection funded a portion of the project using Volkswagen Mitigation Trust funds and Red Hook funded the balance of vehicle and project costs.

CCMT is partnered with Hudson County Motors, Inc. in Secaucus, New Jersey, one of the largest truck dealers in northern New Jersey, and the first BYD Motors truck dealer in the nation. BYD Motors is the leading electric truck and bus manufacturer in the world, with over 14,000 battery electric trucks and 65,000 electric buses deployed worldwide. BYD has US factory operations in Lancaster, CA, and a regional service and parts center in Lodi, New Jersey. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Energy is BYD’s largest institutional shareholder.

The BYD model 8Y yard tractors being deployed by Red Hook Container Terminals LLC are third-generation equipment that come with 217 kWh lithium iron phosphate battery packs that have 241 horsepower and are capable of pulling loads of up to 102,000 lbs GVWR. They can operate continuously for up to 12 hours or more before recharging or can operate 24/7 with opportunity charging during shifts. AC and DC charging is available. DC fast charging takes approximately 2 hours from a 20% state of charge. Early operational results indicate that the yard tractor can operate two whole shifts before needing re-charging.

Red Hook Container Terminal LLC President & CEO Mike Stamatis said, “Red Hook has always taken the health of the communities it operates in, its workers, and the planet seriously. Our Cross-Harbor Barging Operation between our facilities in Port Newark and Red Hook Brooklyn remove an estimated 30,000 truck trips off of New Jersey and New York City streets every year, reducing local diesel truck air pollution in the community and C02 emissions in the atmosphere. It is both cost-effective and environmentally sustainable. We are now going to the next level by eliminating diesel air pollution and CO2 emissions at our Port Newark facility that we expect will benefit of our neighbors in Newark, our workers, and the planet. This project was a long-time in the making and a large investment, but it is an investment we believe will return dividends in terms of public health, operational costs, and efforts to save the planet. This is a giant step for Red Hook and we hope others will take giant steps because now is the time to join the fight against climate change. We greatly appreciate our partners at the Port Authority, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Climate Change Mitigation Technologies LLC, BYD Motors Inc., and Hudson County Motors who helped make this day a reality.”

Aaron Gillmore, Vice-President of Electric Trucks, BYD Motors, said, “Thanks to the collaborative efforts between Hudson County Motors, Climate Change Mitigation Technologies, and Red Hook Container Terminal CEO Mike Stamatis, BYD Class 8 Electric Yard Trucks are hard at work at Port Newark’s Red Hook Container Terminal. BYD brings a combination of innovative and safe battery technology, and the experience of over 14,000 successful deployments of heavy duty electric trucks worldwide to the Garden State of New Jersey. We are proud to be here, and proud to be part of the clean energy transition benefitting the Newark community and contributing to better health for workers.”

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Kelsey Cone




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Canada – Container village to boost tourism in port city

July 30, 2021 · Saint John, New Brunswick · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Canada’s tourism sector is a key economic driver and the Government of Canada continues to ensure that tourism businesses and organizations, as well as municipalities and Indigenous communities dependent on the sector, are resourced and ready to start back up as our economy reopens. That is why the federal government, through ACOA, is supporting the Port of Saint John to develop tourism infrastructure and contribute to the city’s recovery efforts.

Governments invest in re-development of Port property

Today, Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John – Rothesay, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA, along with New Brunswick Minister of Environment and Climate Change and minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation, the Honourable Gary Crossman, announced a total contribution of over $1.7 million to the Saint John Port Authority.

The Government of Canada, through ACOA, is announcing a commitment to provide a non-repayable contribution of $1,295,000, while the Government of New Brunswick, is providing a

contribution of $450,000 to the Port to establish a container village. The announcement will be made during the opening ceremonies of the AREA 506 Waterfront Concert Series.

The container village, consisting of customized containers for local businesses, retail and hospitality vendors, as well as a stage, lounge and plaza, will create new tourism experiences and business opportunities along the City’s waterfront.

This investment demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to supporting the tourism sector, as well as spurring job creation and prosperity across the country. 

Container Exchanger Donates 100 Containers to Convoy of Care to Help Natural Disaster Victims

 There’s nothing like surviving a natural disaster in the middle of a pandemic. A series of destructive tornadoes ripped through parts of the South at the end of last March, killing five and leaving dozens of families without a home. Newnan, Georgia was among the worst-hit. Over sixty homes were destroyed in one community alone, according to The Weather Channel, with winds up to 170 mph. Trees fell, roads closed and the power went out as millions of households hunkered down to wait out the storm.

The survivors woke up to find their property and lives destroyed with hardly anything to call their own. But help was soon on the way. Several companies, including Caring for Others, the Georgia Motor Trucking Association, various Atlanta government agencies and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, came together to create Convoy of Care to help those affected by the storms.

Container Exchanger was proud to donate 100 gaylord containers to the cause, an estimated value of $1,700. The containers were used to collect and transport donations to those in need. The GMTA and Convoy of Care have collected hundreds of items over the last few weeks, including toiletries, nonperishable food items, yard tools, water and cleaning supplies. Thanks to the bulk containers, volunteers were able to move hundreds of pounds of goods in just a few minutes, so they could deliver it to those in need as fast as possible.

Time is of the essence in the aftermath of a natural storm. Shelters often do not have the supplies they need to adequately care for those that have been affected by the storm, especially during the pandemic. Disinfectant wipes, drinking water, face masks, food, clean clothes and hygiene products were all in short supply. Luckily, Convoy of Care was there when the survivors needed them most. They quickly rallied members of the community to drop off supplies, including those that were affected by the storm.

Families, business owners and individuals answered the call. Truckloads of supplies had to be sorted and distributed all over the tri-state area. Container Exchanger buys and sells virtually every type of container on the market today, so the company decided to donate 100 heavy-duty large boxes. The gaylord box is often used to store and ship large quantities of dry goods. They were perfect for collecting and dropping off donations and supplies. Volunteers were able to create custom packages for those in need with a mix of food, hygiene and cleaning products.

This isn’t the first Convoy of Care or the GMTA have swooped into action. Over the last five years, they have helped over 200,000 families from the Midwest to the East Coast and the Caribbean Islands rebuild their lives after a natural disaster. They are known for trucking products all over the country, so they decided to help communities respond to emergency situations. They have provided over 200 truckloads over the years, and every item makes a world of difference. Convoy of Care is known for bringing essentials right to the survivors’ doorstep, so they have everything they need during challenging times. They are still accepting donations. Visit the link to make a difference today.

Our hearts go out to all the victims of the tornadoes. The victims are extremely grateful to Convoy of Care, the GMTA and everyone that donated during the aftermath of the storm. Container Exchanger is a proud supporter of the organizations. From businesses looking to save money to nonprofits making the world a better place, by helping people move things quickly and securely – one container at a time.

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Tara Morgan




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