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Ships Urged to Enroll in Ports' Fuel Incentive Program

June 13, 2008

Cargo vessel operators are encouraged to enroll now in time for the July 1 start of the new Vessel Main Engine Fuel Incentive Program, offered by the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The program will pay vessel operators to use cleaner-burning fuel within 40 miles of San Pedro Bay in order to reduce vessel emissions. See the fact sheet.

Vessel operators still have the opportunity to sign up to in time for the start of the program. For information on how to enroll, go to the Clean Air Action Plan website.

It’s a voluntary program. Cargo vessels typically run their engines on what’s known as “bunker fuel.” Ocean carriers participating in the ports’ program will instead burn cleaner fuel near the ports. For their trouble, the carriers will be reimbursed for the extra cost of the cleaner fuel.

Long Beach has budgeted $9.9 million and Los Angeles has budgeted $8.6 million a year for the project. The one-year program will begin July 1, 2008 and expire June 30, 2009, unless extended by the two harbor commissions.

See the video and PowerPoint from a recent workshop on the program.

The Vessel Main Engine Fuel Incentive Program works in conjunction with the ports’ highly successful Vessel Speed Reduction programs, where ships voluntarily slow down to 12 knots near the harbor, thereby reducing their fuel consumption and emissions.

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