Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Six shipping lines sign on as inaugural participants in Port of L.A.'s environmental ship index
Six container-shipping lines will become the inaugural participants in the Port of Los Angeles Environmental Ship Index, an international clean air program that rewards ocean carriers for making ship calls with newer, cleaner vessels at the port.
The Port of Los Angeles said in a statement that the ESI program, developed through the International Association of Ports & Harbors' World Ports Climate Initiative with input from the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, is the first of its kind in North America and the Pacific Rim.
The initial shipping lines registered are Evergreen, Hamburg Sud North America, Inc., Hapag-Lloyd AG, Maersk Line, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Yang Ming.
Registration is free for the web-based system that has already been implemented at 14 European ports.
The Port of Los Angeles said it has committed $450,000 to get the program off and running by rewarding 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.
The port said up to 30 percent of the ships calling there are expected to qualify for the ESI incentives, which would cut diesel particulate matter emissions by 16 tons within the first year and reduce emissions of other pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, and carbon dioxide.
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