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San Diego Port Terminal More Flexible After Upgrade

A wind turbine blade at the 10th Avenue Marine terminal in San Diego on Sep. ...

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Above: A wind turbine blade at the 10th Avenue Marine terminal in San Diego on Sep. 29, 2020.

San Diego Port officials celebrated a $24 million upgrade Tuesday at the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal. Changes make the port cargo facility more flexible.

That flexibility was on display as port officials showed of large blades destined to be put on electricity-generating wind turbines. The blades lay side by side on the port terminal.

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“They’re 67 meters long, as you see,” said Port Commissioner Michael Zucchet. “And there’s 45 of them and as we stack them end to end you see it’s two or three football fields worth of windmill blades. And this is something that would not have been possible before the modernization project.

The blades are stacked where two long warehouses used to sit.

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This port upgrade is also part of a larger plan to eliminate some of the pollution generated here. Port officials are working on replacing diesel vehicles with electric ones. The terminal is now more flexible and useful to the businesses on the bay.

“With the efficiencies that are now present on the terminal it will provide the port customers to receive oversized and non-containerized cargo,” said Dennis DuBard, a member of the port’s group of businesses on the working waterfront. “This is especially important to the shipbuilders and maintainers along the waterfront.”

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This port upgrade is also part of a larger plan to eliminate some of the pollution generated here. That includes replacing diesel-powered vehicles with electric ones.

Port officials are working with the Barrio Logan community to find ways to reduce the impact of pollution on that neighborhood.

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Aired: September 30, 2020 | Transcript

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