Six global shipping companies have agreed to participate in a trial program
to slow cargo ships traveling along the California coast to reduce air pollution and
increase protection of endangered whales.
COSCO, Hapag Lloyd, "K" Line, Maersk Line, Matson and United Arab Shipping Company are participating in the speed reduction incentive program and have identified ships in their fleets that will transit between Point Conception and the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, from July through the end of October at speeds of 12 knots or less. The participating companies will receive $2,500 per transit through the Santa Barbara Channel.
The program was developed and implemented by the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and the Environmental Defense Center.
It is modeled after successful speed reduction incentive programs at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles; more than 90 percent of the shipping lines participate in those programs.