Photo courtesy of Steve Sterner, taken in the Santa Barbara Channel, August 2003.

Local Impacts of Marine Shipping  |  Local Studies & Actions |  State/National/ International Initiatives |  Related Downloads/Links |  Past Activities


The District’s work to reduce marine shipping emissions started with the 1994 Clean Air Plan, which identified ships in the Santa Barbara Channel as a large source of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, which contribute to the formation of ozone. For activities in 2007 and earlier, see “Past Activities” link above.

For recent activities, continue on this page.

Board Actions
Comment Letters
Presentations
Articles, Papers and Studies


Board Actions

The District Board has taken several actions relating to marine shipping activities. The timeline below provides brief summaries of these actions.

Marine Shipping Related Actions by District Board
January 2008Board directs the Air Pollution Control Officer and District Counsel to file second lawsuit over EPA failure to adopt standards regulating air pollution from Category 3 marine vessels.
August 2008Board receives update on District efforts to reduce emissions from marine shipping activities.
May 2010Board receives update on actions to control air pollution from marine shipping, and actions to reduce pollution by the California Air Resources Board, the Environmental Protection Agency and the IMO, and directs staff to continue vigorous efforts in this area.
October 2010Board receives and files an update on the U.S. Coast Guard Port Access Route Study and the California Air Resources Board Ocean-Going Vessels Fuel Regulation. See  presentation.
March 2012Board receives and files an update on marine shipping activities at the District. See presentation.
August 2012Board receives report and provides policy direction on the District’s initiative to incentivize reduction of ship speeds off the California Coast. See Board letter,  District’s comment letter and other letters supporting the initiative, and presentation.
March 2013Board receives report on recent marine shipping developments and authorizes chair to sign a letter of support for use of Cap-and-Trade auction funds for a vessel speed reduction incentive program along the California coast.  (See additional APCD communication and letters of support from outside agencies)     (see presentation pdf)
June 2013Received an update on a recent proposal by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to delay implementation of nitrogen oxides (NOx) limits for new ship engines in Emission Control Areas until 2021, and authorized Chair to sign a letter encouraging vigorous efforts by the U.S. Delegation to urge the IMO to retain the original deadline of 2016.  (See memo and presentation)

See Past Activities for 2007 and earlier.


Comment Letters

  • See above table for Board Chair letters from March 2013, and June 2013.
  • June 8, 2012 letter suggesting to the California Air Resources Board that Cap-and-Trade auction revenues be used as incentives for vessel speed reduction.
  • See comment letters posted, along with letters supporting the District’s suggestion from Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, Environmental Defense Center, Ocean Conservancy and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, on the California Air Resources Board web page.
  • June 2, 2010 letter submitting comments on the U.S. Coast Guard Port Access Route Study examining location of shipping lanes off the coast of Santa Barbara County and areas to the south.
  • August 26, 2009 letter submitting comments on Environmental Protection Agency proposal for controlling emissions from new marine compression-ignition engines at or above 30 liters per cylinder.
  • January 29, 2009 letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation submitting comments on the Maritime Administration’s Interim Final Rule on America’s Marine Highway Program.
  • September 18, 2008 letter to California Air Resources Board submitting comments on ARB’s proposed Marine Vessel Speed Reduction Program.
  • February 22, 2008, letter submitting comments on Environmental Protection Agency  Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Control Emissions from New Marine Compression-Ignition Engines at or Above 30 Liters per Cylinder

See Past Activities for 2007 and earlier.


 Presentations

See Past Activities for 2007 and earlier.

 Articles, Papers and Studies

See Past Activities for 2007 and earlier.