Alternative Maritime Power®
Alternative Maritime Power® (AMP®) is a unique air quality program that focuses on reducing emissions from container vessels docked at the Port of Los Angeles. Instead of running on diesel power while at berth, AMP-equipped ships “plug in” to shore side electrical power – literally an alternative power source for oceangoing vessels. AMP is also referred to shore power, cold ironing, or High Voltage Shore Connection (HVSC) Systems. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has certified barge-based alternative capture and control emissions technology systems that treat emissions from ocean-going vessels at-berth. These systems can be used as an alternative to AMP to meet CARB at-berth regulations.