Photo above (on left) aerial photo of two blue whales near the southbound shipping lane in the Santa Barbara Channel, where thousands of container ships (on right) transit every year.
2018 Shipping Company Participation Documents
|Cover Letter||Sign Up Form|
|Letter of Understanding||Zone Maps||Report Whale Sightings|
2017 Program Results
Eleven shipping companies slowed to protect blue whales and blue skies, cutting more than 80 tons of smog-forming emissions
The partners announced results from the 2017 program and publicly recognized the 11 global shipping companies who participated, reducing speeds to 12 knots or less in two regions. For the first time the program included speed reduction zones in the San Francisco Bay Area in addition to the Santa Barbara Channel region. The voluntary incentive program started July 1 and ended November 15, 2017. The recognition ceremony hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation took place March 1, 2018 at the Bannings Landing Community Center near the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach.
Partner agencies and organizations: Lisa Fasano Bay Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), Jack Broadbent, Executive Officer, BAAQMD, Mary Byrd, Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (SBCAPCD), Mike Villegas, Air Pollution Control Officer, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD), Aeron Arlin Genet, Air Pollution Control Officer, SBCAPCD, Kris Sarri, President and CEO of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), William Douros, West Coast Regional Director, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Lisa Volgenau, Volgenau Foundation, Tyler Harris, VCAPCD, Chris Mobley, Superintendent, NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, Michael Murphy, BAAQMD
Eleven shipping companies participated in the 2017 Vessel Speed Reduction incentive program, and were recognized at a March 1 event. Pictured are representatives from ten of the eleven companies: CMA CGM; Evergreen; Hamburg Sud, Hapag Lloyd, Hyundai, K Line, Maersk, Matson, MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company); and Yang Ming. Not pictured: NYK Ro-Ro Division.
- International Maritime Organization initial strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships adopted April 13, 2018
- Blue Whales & Blue Skies Act, introduced in U.S. Congress Sept. 6, 2017, and our news release announcing its introduction.
- 2017 study on ship strikes and whale mortality on the West Coast
For more information and background, see Addressing Air Pollution from Marine Shipping