SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The Port of San Diego turned on its $4.25 million shore power station for the first time Monday at the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal.
The electrical system allows ships to plug in to avoid running diesel generators while docked. The result, according to port officials, should be cleaner air for residents of Barrio Logan.
The California Air Resources Board has required ports to install the shore power systems for refrigerated vessels and cruise ships. The Port of San Diego says it plans to add a second power station at the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal.
The Dole Ecuador was the first vessel to plug into the new system.
The 96-acre facility is used by ships importing produce to the western U.S. San Diego port officials say the Dole Fresh Fruit Co. imports 185 million bananas monthly.
Last year, the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal and National City Marine Terminal, which takes automobile imports, received 475 ships between them, according to the port. There are no current plans to add a shore power system at the National City facility since the ships that dock there don't fall under the state air board's guidelines, according to the port.
According to Scripps Ranch residents, for weeks they've been waking up to deep scrapes and scratches that someone keyed in their vehicles, and on Sunday an arrest was made in connection with the incidents.
One person was killed and several others seriously injured in a head-on crash Sunday in Scripps Ranch.
A 71-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of stabbing her 31-year-old son at least four times with a kitchen knife, when an argument at their San Diego home Sunday escalated into a fight.
The San Diego Gulls will seek their team-record ninth consecutive victory Sunday when they face their rival, the Ontario Reign, at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.
Some public facilities will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day and the Metropolitan Transit System will offer reduced service.
Just the thought of free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer joining the downtrodden, youthful San Diego Padres sent a morning jolt through the spring training clubhouse.
Cold weather, light rain, mountain snow and gusty winds are all in the cards for San Diego County, forecasters said Sunday.