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Twelve global carriers slowed transits to save whales and, blue skies

TWELVE global shipping companies slowed transits to 10 knots off California to cut air pollution and protect whales from ship collisions, reports the American Journal of Transportation

Twelve global carriers slowed transits to save whales and, blue skies

TWELVE global shipping companies slowed transits to 10 knots off California to cut air pollution and protect whales from ship collisions, reports the American Journal of Transportation

18 March 2019 - 19:00

TWELVE global shipping companies slowed transits to 10 knots off California to cut air pollution and protect whales from ship collisions, reports the American Journal of Transportation.

The voluntary programme in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Santa Barbara Channel ran from July 1 to November 15. their participation being recognised at a ceremony at the Bannings Landing Community Centre near the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach.



Participants included MSC, NYK, CMA CGM, Evergreen, Cosco, ONE. Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Glovis, 'K' Line, Maersk, GALI (Great American Lines Inc) and Yang Ming.



Shipping companies received financial awards based on the per cent of distance travelled by their vessels through the Vessel Speed Reduction (VSR) zones at 10 knots or less and with an average speed of 12 knots or less.



The 10-knot target follows the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NO) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries' request for vessels (300 gross tons and up) to slow down during the months of peak whale abundance to protect whales from lethal ship


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