Crowley and the Port of San Diego broke ground for the shoreside charging station designed to provide clean energy for the company’s planned zero-emissions tugboat, eWolf.

Joined by key partners and community stakeholders, the ceremony marked a significant step forward in the industry’s journey to decarbonization and reduced emissions in the San Diego community. 

The charging station is a microgrid charging facility that will allow vessels to recharge quickly while reducing peak loads on the community energy grid. It is equipped with two containerized energy storage systems provided by Corvus Energy. The station is designed to operate on off-peak hours from the community’s energy grid, and it includes a solar power array to support renewable energy use. The technology is also designed to support other electric equipment and vehicle operations if needed.

Each energy container will house battery modules with a storage capacity of almost 1.5 MWh, for a total capacity of 2,990 kW. The station will be equipped with a battery monitoring system, HVAC, firefighting, and detection technology.

“We are proud to share in this moment with the city of San Diego to showcase an industry-first, shoreside charging station at the port of San Diego,” Matt Jackson, vice president of advanced energy for Crowley, said during the ground-breaking ceremony. “Building a sustainable, zero-emission port of the future requires pioneering new and innovative technology, as well as a commitment to partnerships so we can meet the needs of our communities, customers and people.”

“We are proud to work with Crowley and are grateful they chose San Diego Bay as home of the first all-electric tugboat in the United States,” said Chairman Rafael Castellanos, Port of San Diego Board of port commissioners. “Their commitment to sustainability in the maritime industry directly aligns with our own efforts and goals to reduce emissions and improve public health in our communities while also supporting efficient and modern maritime operations.”

The eWolf and its shoreside solar charging station are the result of a partnership among Crowley, the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District, the California Air Resources Board, the Port of San Diego, the EPA, and the Maritime Administration. 

The eWolf, under construction at Master Boat Builders, Bayou La Batre, Ala., is designed to operate at its full performance capabilities while running entirely on electricity.