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Seattle port's clean fuels program funding close to $1 mil for year

The Port of Seattle announced this week that its commission authorized over $110,000 At-Berth Clean (ABC) Fuels program, which the port said "encourages shipping and cruise lines to burn cleaner fuels while at berth."

The latest round of clean fuels funding brings the year's total to over $950,000 to cover qualifying vessels visits for the remainder of the year, the port said in a statement.

"Our Clean Fuels program shows how we can help both the economy and the environment," said Commission President Bill Bryant. The ABC Fuels program is an outgrowth of the 2007 Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy. The port said it provides an incentive of $2,250 to use low sulfur fuel in vessels' auxiliary engines for each call. The port said this year has seen a steady increase in participation, with 350 qualifying vessel visits to the Port of Seattle so far, with an estimated total of 400 vessels by year end.

The ABC Fuels program began in 2009 and to date has eliminated more than 340 metric tons of sulfur dioxide emissions, according to the port.

The low-sulfur fuel (<0.5% sulfur) is estimated to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by 80 percent and diesel particulate matter by more than 60 percent, the port said.

The ABC Fuels program is a partnership that includes some of the Port of Seattle’s shipping line customers and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. More than 75 vessels from nine carriers have participated in the program, the port said. Participating carriers have included Hapag Lloyd, APL, China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO), Evergreen Line, Hamburg Süd, Maersk Line, Matson Navigation, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Princess Cruises.



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