Friday, June 8, 2012
"Best of the best" shipping lines honored for green practices
The Port of Long Beach announced 14 container lines that received the "best of the best" title from the port's environmental program. The lines took advantage of incentives offered by the port's 7-year Green Flag speed reduction program, voluntarily slowing their ships 20 nautical miles from the Long Beach harbor, which has helped to significantly lower diesel emissions in the region by 72 percent since 2005.
The port gives vessels that slow down within the 20-nautical-mile zone a break on dockage fees, and an even greater fee reduction to those that slow down within 40 nautical miles. $2.1 million in dockage fee discounts were awarded last year.
The shipping companies recognized with Green Flags are Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC), Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha ("K" Line), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line), P O Shipping, Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), ZIM Integrated Shipping, Pacific International Lines, Hanjin Shipping Co, Matson Navigation, Hamburg Sud, China Ocean Shipping Co. (COSCO), CSAV, Alaska Tanker and CMA CGM.
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