On November 20, 2013, EPA announced grant funding of another MJB&A-supported diesel repower project under the Diesel Engine Reduction Act (DERA) program. MJB&A supported CLF Ventures, Inc. in their successful proposal to repower the Spirit of Boston. The Spirit of Boston is a harbor cruise vessel operating out of the Port of Boston in and around the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. The $300,000 grant to CLF Ventures, Inc. will facilitate replacement of four unregulated diesel marine engines with cleaner EPA Tier-3 certified marine diesel engines.
As primary author of the grant application, MJB&A provided technical support throughout the application process, including evaluation of environmental impact, greenhouse gas benefits, and regional significance. The project will achieve estimated annual emissions reductions of 4.21 tons per year (tpy) NOx and 0.21 tpy PM. In addition, the project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 14.8 tpy CO2.
"Reducing diesel emissions is a proven and effective way to improve air quality. Investing in Clean Diesel projects in New England will protect people’s health, improve air quality and help our economy by keeping jobs here in our communities," said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA's New England Office. “Reducing diesel emissions means cleaner air for everyone, which is especially important for people who suffer from asthma and other respiratory problems.”
To date, MJB&A has authored 25 successful EPA DERA grant applications, securing more than $26 million for our marine, construction, and locomotive clients. If you would like to learn more about this or other MJB&A repowering projects, please contact Paul Moynihan at (978) 405-1276.