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30 Proceedings Summer 2016 www.uscg.mil/proceedings to consume 15 percent less fuel per unit and generate 30 percent fewer emissions on average than their diesel equivalents. Programs Fiscal year 2015 marked the seventh operat- ing year of the Port of Virginia's green opera- tor (GO) diesel emission reduction program. The GO program is a comprehensive program designed to incentivize and introduce clean diesel and alternative fuel technology into all transportation and cargo-handling vehicles that support port operations. The GO program offers incentives to dray truck owners, commercial shipping lines, United States Maritime Administration marine high- way operators, railroads, and terminal opera- tors supporting Port of Virginia operations. To date, the program has helped more than 400 dray truckers replace or retrofit their trucks to burn cleaner fuel, and between 2012 and 2015 enabled 580 ship calls to reduce 58.2 metric tons of sulfur dioxide, 9.71 tons of nitro- gen dioxide, and 2.8 metric tons of particulate matter. Software In fiscal year 2015, integrating the Navis N4 terminal operat- ing system was an area of keen focus for our operations and information technology teams. The N4 system is built on industry-standard platforms that allow the port to use "off the shelf" applications that provide more efficient services to port customers and port partners. For example, upgrading the Norfolk International Terminals to N4 allowed the introduction of an automated gate system and a transfer zone automation system that improved on safety and efficiency. The automated gate moved staff from physical gate lanes into a safe office environment where they use computers to perform tasks previously done manually. Transfer zone automation also introduced a new level of safety and efficiency by allowing truck drivers to exit their vehicles and process their transactions in a protected kiosk in their truck lane. Straddle carrier operators pick up from or lower containers to trucks only when the driver is standing on the pressure pad inside the kiosk. N4 also supports a reservation system, and we are working closely with our trucking partners in the early testing phase of a system that will allow drivers to pick up and drop off cargo even more expeditiously. Furthermore, the N4 system enables us to implement a global position detection system that will improve container management and enable pre- staging for containers to be picked up the next day. trip onto the terminals. Major improvements to our empty yard include incorporating four high-definition cameras that post real-time video on the Port of Virginia website to enhance truck volume awareness and safety oversight. Our information technology colleagues also installed radio- frequency identification readers to allow us to measure and publish to the community empty yard turn time metrics as well as expanded turn times on all terminals. All roadways were graded to improve drainage and paved to provide a smooth drivable surface for our trucking partners. We also added a direct entrance from the empty yard to the Ports- mouth marine terminal. Entrance booths were replaced and a new trailer was installed to keep operations colleagues safe from the elements as they manage the yard. At the Virginia International Gateway, we expanded our rail container staging yard to provide a total of 308 additional "parking spaces" to provide additional flexibility for con- tainers arriving from or awaiting movement by rail. This enlarged area allows our operations colleagues to segregate truck containers from rail containers, decreasing the size of our stacks, reducing rail dwell time, and increasing velocity. Equipment In early 2015, the Virginia Port Authority received $750,000 in Diesel Emission Reduction Act funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to introduce the next wave of cargo-handling technology — hybrid diesel-electric shuttle carriers. Three of these hybrid shuttle carriers have been phased into Port of Virginia daily operations. They are the first of their kind to be deployed at any U.S. port and are estimated Marine science technician Petty Officer Tonya Mulhern inspects under a shipping container. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Robert Brazzell.