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Posted Thu Jun 4 2009: from Long Beach Press-Telegram:
Oil tanker at Port of Long Beach is a green first
The giant cable reeled into position, an engineer pulled the handle, and like that, pollution equivalent to 187,000 passenger cars was lifted from local skies. A 941-foot BP oil tanker that just arrived from the Alaskan frontier became the globe's first such vessel to plug into a dockside electrical outlet Wednesday - an engineering feat expected to cut at least 30 tons of emissions in the coming year... It took nearly five years and $24 million to design and build the dockside power outlet at Pier T, which every few days accommodates hulking tankers carrying a million-plus barrels of oil. The Navigator previously burned about 10,000 gallons of diesel each day in port to power massive pumps needed to off-load the oil. Electrification required port engineers to build a million-pound underwater outlet anchored by a series of 168-foot concrete pilings and holding a massive steel cable that connects to the ship.
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'Doc Jim says:
Fortunately, Paul Bunyon was out of work and thus available to plug it in.

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