More than half of the funding — $12.3 million — came from a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The project, which is expected to be finished by March 2020, will make the port more efficient because vessels will no longer have to wait for high tide to enter the harbor, the port said in a press release.
“Not only will this project create an additional 500-plus jobs, it will safeguard our environment,” said CEO and Port Director Kristin Decas. “The pilings used in stabilizing the wharf are an ecofriendly alternative made out of recycled plastic bottles. Our sand removed from the harbor will have a second life as well, being used as near-shore beach renourishment to protect our local Hueneme beach from erosion.”
In July, the southern California port received two rail cars of eco-friendly pilings that were to support and reinforce its South Terminal.
“This symposium serves as a brain trust to chart the course for continuing our collective environmental sustainability efforts,” said Oxnard Harbor District Commissioner Jason Hodge. “Collaboratively, our ports have reduced air emissions by 80 percent (particular matter), 90 percent (SOx) and 50 percent (NOx).”