Nation's Largest Container Port brings IAPH's Environmental Ship Index To North America, Pacific Rim
Six shipping carriers have become the inaugural participants in the Port of Los Angeles Environmental Ship Index (ESI), an international clean air program that rewards ocean carriers for bringing their newest and cleanest vessels to the Port. Developed through the International Association of Ports & Harbors' World Ports Climate Initiative, the ESI program is the first of its kind in North America and the Pacific Rim.
Shipping carriers Evergreen, Hamburg Süd North America, Inc., Hapag-Lloyd AG, Maersk Line, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Yang Ming have registered for the global program and will begin receiving incentives later this year.
"We applaud these early adopters of the ESI program and encourage not only other carriers to participate but also other ports to join this global port program," said Port Executive Director Geraldine Knatz Ph.D. "Growing participation among ports worldwide will increase the level of incentives available to ship operators that invest in and deploy the cleanest, most efficient and environmentally friendly fleets."
The web-based ESI program, already underway at 14 European ports, offers immediate and significant clean air benefits by rewarding vessel operators for voluntary engine, fuel and technology enhancements that reduce emissions from ships beyond the regulatory environmental standards set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
The Port of Los Angeles developed its ESI with input from the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association and other stakeholders. Its program also conforms to the San Pedro Bay Clean Ports Air Action Plan, which sets specific bay-wide targets for near-term pollution reduction through 2014 and long-term objectives through 2023.
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To participate, operators must enroll their companies and vessels in the ESI program through the IAPH/WPCI website here. To receive the incentive payment, operators must also register with the Port of Los Angeles here. Registration is free.
Initially, up to 30 percent of the ships calling at the Port are expected to qualify for the ESI incentives. Thirty percent participation would cut diesel particulate matter (DPM) emissions by 16 tons within the first year and reduce emissions of other primary pollutants, namely nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur oxides (SOx) and carbon dioxide (CO2). The Port has committed $450,000 to jumpstart the program.
Port of Los Angeles
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