Seattle port starts clean trucks program

The Port of Seattle last week launched its program aimed at registering newer, cleaner drayage trucks that access its container terminals. All drayage trucks now must adhere to new Clean Truck Program guidelines to enter Port of Seattle cargo terminals.

The port says that so far, nearly all trucks have the required “Green Gateway” sticker and that terminals have not had any unusual backups or longer lines. Port staff were available on site for any last-minute registrations.

The program was designed to support the goals of the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy, which aims to lower emissions from all sectors of maritime operations. So far, more than 5,929 trucks and more than 1,100 trucking companies/truck owners are registered in the Drayage Truck Registry, according to the port.

Registration is still available and can be done online or in person at the Port of Seattle’s Drayage Truck Registry office located at the Terminal 5 CFS Building, 3443 W. Marginal Way S.W. Hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pacific time.

Drayage trucks with engines older than model-year 1994 may be eligible for a $5,000 incentive through the ScRAPS Program (Scrappage and Retrofits for Air in Puget Sound), which continues until the end of January. For more information, contact Cascade Sierra Solutions, 200 S.W. Michigan St., Seattle, WA 98108; or call 206-988-8893. Since the program began in 2009, 269 trucks have been scrapped, according to the port.