Port of L.A. Recognizes Green Initiatives

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Port Also Spotlights 12 Ship Carriers for Voluntary Participation in New ESI Clean Ship Program

The Port of Los Angeles honored 26 shipping and cruise lines for their participation in the Port’s Vessel Speed Reduction Program (VSRP), an initiative that involves the lowering of vessel speeds when ships approach the Port. The VSRP has resulted in significant decreases in diesel particulate matter, sulfur oxide and nitrogen oxide emissions into the environment since it was established in 2001.

For the first time, the Port also honored 12 ship carriers for their participation in the Environmental Ship Index (ESI), an international clean air program that rewards ocean carriers for bringing their newest and cleanest vessels to the Port.  Developed through the International Association of Ports & Harbors’ World Ports Climate Initiative, the ESI program is the first of its kind in North America and the Pacific Rim.

VSRP honorees this year included APL Ltd., China Navigation Co. Pte. Ltd., China Shipping, CMA CGM (America) LLC, Crystal Cruises, CSAV, Evergreen Marine Corp., Grieg Star Shipping A/S, Hamburg SUD, Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd., Hapag-Lloyd AG, Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. Ltd., Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd., Maersk Line, Mitsui Bulkship, Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd., MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co., Nippon Yusen Kaisha, Nissan Motor Car Carrier, Norwegian Cruise Line, Orient Overseas Container Line, Princess Cruises, Saga Forest Carriers Intl. AS, Tesoro, Tokyo Marine Co. Ltd., and Yang Ming Marine Transport.

The VSRP is a voluntary program designed to reduce emissions from ocean-going vessels by slowing their speeds as they approach or depart the Port at either 20 nautical miles from Point Fermin or as far as 40 nautical miles offshore.

In 2012, the Port achieved 100-percent compliance for 543 vessels at 20 nautical miles and 386 vessels at 40 nautical miles. These voluntary actions helped reduce 73 tons of diesel particulate matter (DPM), as well as 740 tons of sulfur oxide (SOx) and 981 tons of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. The Port pays incentives to shipping lines that achieve a 90 percent or higher participation rate in VSRP in a calendar year.

The ESI program, also underway at several large European ports, involves a web-based tool that tracks and rewards vessel operators for voluntary engine, fuel and technology enhancements that reduce emissions from ships beyond the regulatory environmental standards set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).  Vessels calling on the Port can earn financial incentives by meeting certain environmental and emission requirements tracked by the web-based tool.

Honored for their participation in the ESI program were K-Line America, Inc, APL Limited, CMA CGM (America) LLC, Evergreen Line, Hamburg Sud, Hapag-Lloyd AG, Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Company, MOL (America) Inc., Nippon Yusen Kaisha, OOCL (USA) Inc., and Yang Ming Marine Transport.
 

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