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Shore Power & Vessel Commissioning

In 2008, as part of the State of California's Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted a new regulation that requires significant reductions in air pollutant emissions from ships docked (at-berth) at most California ports, including the Port of Oakland. Shore Power is one of the principal methods of compliance with this regulation. Shore power provides land side electrical infrastructure so that ships can connect to the power grid and turn off their diesel fueled auxiliary engines while at berth.

Shore Power Rates

The Port of Oakland adopted utility rates for shore power usage. These rates and charges include a rate of $267 per hour (plus applicable taxes) and a vessel commissioning charge of $3,600. These rates are further outlined by Port Ordinance. Infrastructure at Berths 60-63, and 68 is not owned or managed by the Port. For utility rates at these berths, please contact the terminal operator.

Vessel Commissioning

Berths 20-24, 25-26, 30-32, 35-37, 55-59

Ships that plan to call the Port of Oakland and intend to plug into shore power at these berths must be commissioned by the Port prior to plugging into the shore power system. Commissioning refers to the first time a unique vessel plugs into the shore power system. Shipping lines should notify both their terminal operator partners and the Port when a vessel is scheduled to arrive in port and needs to be commissioned. Only vessels commissioned by Port's Commissioning Agent will be allowed to plug in to the Port's shore power system. The Port charges $3,600 per commissioning event for each unique vessel. Comissioning must repeat until the Port issues a Notice of Completion of Vessel Commissioning to the vessel owner/operator. Power is additional to the commissioning cost (see Shore Power Rates above).

Berths 60 - 63 & 68

The shore power system at these berths is connected to a power grid not owned or managed by the Port. Therefore, the Port does not require vessel commissioning at these berths and does not plan to be involved with such commissioning. However, the Port strongly recommends that shipping lines and terminal operators for these berths coordinate closely to perform a vessel commissioning process.


Delphine Prevost

Shore Power Program Manager
(510) 627-1141

Kor Yan

Vessel Commissioning & Technical Assistance
(510) 627-1524

Wayne Yeoman

Vessel Commissioning & Technical Assistance
(510) 627-1423

Basil Wong

Shore Power Rates & Charges
(510) 627-1509

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