The 2019 Vessel Speed Reduction (VSR) voluntary incentive program began on May 15, 2019 and will last until November 15, 2019. See the press release here. Companies can still register for the program, and the application materials for the 2019 VSR season are available below.

picture-this-whaleEvery year, container ships and auto carriers make thousands of transits in the shipping lanes in the Santa Barbara Channel region.  These vessels are a significant source of air pollution and ship strikes on endangered blue, humpback and fin whales.  The Vessel Speed Reduction incentive program is a voluntary program where the District and its partners ask the vessel operators to slow down to a speed of 10 knots or less, which reduces air pollution and fatal strikes on endangered whales.


2019 Shipping Company Participation Documents

Cover LetterLetter of Understanding
/ Sign-up Form
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Zone Maps Report Whale Sightings 

* Fillable PDF on page 4. If you have trouble filling out the pdf in your browser, download the form and open it with your Adobe Acrobat Reader. 


2018 Program Results

Twelve shipping companies slowed to protect blue whales and blue skies, cutting more than 260 tons of smog-forming emissions

The partners announced results from the 2018 program and publicly recognized the 12 global shipping companies who participated, reducing speeds to 10 knots or less in both the Santa Barbara Channel Region and in the San Francisco Bay Area. This year, the program transitioned from incentivizing individual transits to a fleet-based approach, where each company’s entire fleet was asked to slow down to 10 knots or less. The voluntary incentive program started on July 1 and ended on November 15, 2018. The recognition ceremony took place on March 6, 2019 at the Bannings Landing Community Center near the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach.

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) accepting their award with program partners (left to right): Chris Mobley (NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary), Lisa Volgenau (Volgenau Foundation), Dan Howard (NOAA Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary), Stanley Kwiaton (MSC), Valerian Riviere (MSC), Mike Villegas (Ventura County APCD), David Pollock (Board Member for VCAPCD), Molly Pearson (Santa Barbara County APCD), Michael Murphy (Bay Area AQMD)

Twelve shipping companies participated in the 2018 Vessel Speed Reduction incentive program, and were recognized at a March 6 event. Pictured are representatives from the shipping companies along with program partners. Shipping companies include: MSC, GALI, K-Line, NYK Ro-Ro, Hyundai Glovis, COSCO, Evergreen, Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk, CMA-CGM, ONE, and Yang Ming.


Recent Developments


For more information and background on the VSR program, see Addressing Air Pollution from Marine Shipping