After 10 years of development and testing, Carson’s Advanced Cleanup Technologies Inc. got the green light from the California Air Resources Board to sell its emissions control technology to shipping lines for use on their ocean-faring ships.

The company’s Advanced Maritime Emissions Control System attaches directly to the exhaust ports of ships while at berth and uses scrubbers to remove between 90 percent and 99 percent of nitrogen oxide, sulphur oxide and particulate matter, according to the board.

Ships with up to two auxiliary diesel engines can use the system, according to the board. Advanced Cleanup’s patented technology attaches to ships from either the berth or from a barge, and also monitors emissions while connected.

The board approved the technology by executive order earlier this month. Under its At-Berth Regulation, which went into effect in 2007, container, passenger and refrigerated-cargo ships must reduce emissions from auxiliary engines when docked. Ships can either turn off back-up engines and connect to alternative power such as electricity in a process known as cold-ironing, or use board-approved vessel retrofits that reduce emissions.

The Port of Long Beach subsidized the development of the Advanced Cleanup’s systems with about $2 million.

Ruben Garcia, Advanced Cleanup’s president, said the approval will allow the company to sell the systems commercially. Mediterranean Shipping Co. has been testing the systems at the Port of Long Beach for about four months, he said. The company sells the service by the hour under a contract, Garcia added.

Advanced Cleanup has also been testing the technology on 70 different types of ships, Garcia said, including container, refrigerated and ships that carry coal and other solids. The company first tested the system on rail lines and then moved to the ports. Now that this approval is underway, Garcia said he plans to promote it to rail lines, other West Coast ports and eventually worldwide.

“People know about the technology,” Garcia said. “I don’t think marketing it will be too difficult, because people are looking for a cost-effective alternative to cold-ironing. We’re about a third of the cost to shore power.”

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City of Industry electrical engineering contractor Morrow-Meadows Corp. bought R.E. Wall & Associates Inc., a Tustin electrical engineering design firm, to become more vertically integrated.

The companies have often worked together on projects, said Denise Petersen, Wall’s corporate secretary and treasurer. The electrical design firm designed projects while Morrow-Meadows constructed them, she added.

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