Cleaner hybrid tugboats expected to chug into ports

first_imgSince diesel engines burn fuel less efficiently at lower speeds, switching to battery power could cut particle and nitrous oxide emissions by 44 percent, along with reducing fuel use and noise, Foss said. The hybrid is based on a conventional tug model that usually costs about $6 million. Adding the new hybrid engine increases the price by up to $3 million, said Susan Hayman, a Foss vice president. Los Angeles and Long Beach port officials are contributing about $1.3 million to the project. In exchange, Foss agreed to base the first hybrid tug at the twin ports for five years. “It was sort of good timing,” Hayman said. “We had the technology, we had the design. The ports had a desire to fund some new technologies.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Use of the hybrid tugs could be expanded if they perform to the standards set by their dirtier cousins, port officials said. Foss also hopes to offer hybrid engines for retrofitting older tugs. “It should have a profound impact on tug technology in the decades ahead,” said Port of Los Angeles spokesman Arley Baker. “It’s a huge step forward.” Foss’ hybrid design is generally similar to the technology used in hybrid cars such as the Toyota Prius, although the tug’s engine was more directly inspired by diesel hybrids used in some railroad vehicles. The hybrid tug would still have diesel engines, which provide the horsepower needed to guide a massive container ship or pull a loaded barge. But when idling in a harbor or doing less strenuous tasks, the hybrid would rely on electric batteries, supplemented by diesel generators, for its power. SEATTLE – A large tugboat company hopes to give the shipping industry’s grimy workhorse an ecological makeover, adding an electric hybrid system to the tug’s powerful diesel engines. Foss Maritime, a top U.S. tug and barge operator based in Seattle, is teaming with the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to build the electric-diesel hybrid tug. The first boat could start production later this year and be delivered in 2008 to the Los Angeles area, home of the nation’s largest port complex, officials told The Associated Press on Thursday. The pilot project is part of ongoing efforts to cut pollution from the locomotives, trucks and ships that flood the country’s two busiest container ports. last_img read more

MMA Fighter Conor McGregor Arrested in South Florida (Vid)

first_imgMIAMI (AP) — Mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor has been arrested in South Florida for stealing the cellphone of someone who was trying to take his photo, authorities said.According to a Miami Beach police report, the 30-year-old McGregor was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with robbery and criminal mischief. An attorney for McGregor called the altercation “minor” and said the popular fighter would cooperate with authorities.McGregor was leaving the Fontainebleau Miami Beach shortly after 5 a.m. Monday when a 22-year-old man attempted to take a picture of McGregor, the police report said. Police said McGregor slapped the phone out of the man’s hand and then stomped on it several times. McGregor then grabbed the phone and left the area, the report said. Police later found McGregor at his local address.McGregor was released Monday night after posting $12,500 bond.“Last evening Conor McGregor was involved in a minor altercation involving a cellphone that resulted in a call to law enforcement,” Samuel J. Rabin Jr., a Miami-based attorney representing McGregor, said in a statement. “Mr. McGregor appreciates the response of law enforcement and pledges his full cooperation.”McGregor, who’s from Ireland, is the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion and one of the biggest draws in MMA. He returned to UFC last fall after a hiatus during which he made his boxing debut, a loss to Floyd Mayweather. He was suspended from UFC for six months and fined $50,000 for a brawl after his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October.By: David Fischer, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more