Ships

Ships are the largest source of emissions at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. That’s why we’ve adopted cutting-edge programs to target this pollution.

Port of Los Angeles Environmental Ship Index: Provides financial incentives for ships with the newest engines or an equivalent NOx-reducing technology. These engines are up to 80% cleaner than their predecessors. Also provides funding for ships participating in a technology demonstration program.

Port of Long Beach Green Ship Incentive Program: Provides financial incentives for ships with the newest engines or an equivalent NOx-reducing technology. These engines are up to 80% cleaner than their predecessors.

Vessel Speed Reduction: When ships slow down, they burn less fuel, which results in fewer emissions. Both ports provide financial incentives for ships to reduce speeds to 12 knots when entering the harbor. More than 95% of ships comply to the 20 nautical mile mark, and more than 80% comply to the 40 nm mark. Check out the latest information on the Los Angeles vessel speed reduction program or Long Beach’s “Green Flag” speed reduction program.

Shore Power: Shore power requires ships to plug into the electrical grid while loading and unloading cargo rather than idling their auxiliary engines. Shore power nearly eliminates emissions from ships at berth. It’s now a California law, but the two ports led the way in requiring shore power through leases long before the regulation took effect.

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