Report | 2007

Port Innovation Workshop Final Report


RMI worked with the Port of Seattle, Port of Tacoma, and Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) to develop integrative solutions to reduce the emissions and energy use throughout port operations. This included cargo arriving in port on ships, cargo handling at the terminal, and cargo leaving the port via truck or rail. In January 2007, RMI convened an Innovation Workshop with almost 70 representatives from all facets of the shipping industry—the ports, labor unions, major shipping companies, terminal operators, electric utilities, and others. More than 40 ideas for solutions were generated, from electrifying yard hostlers to developing a “logistics guru” for coordinating information and even suggesting new business models for drayage trucks. It’s worth noting that while some ideas are still being evaluated, others have already been adopted by the ports.