The Port of Long Beach this week recognized 20 ocean carriers and shipowners for their efforts to improve air quality by slowing down, deploying cleaner vessels or both at its annual Green Flag and Green Ship awards.
The port’s created the Green Flag Program in 2005 and participation is nearly universal. Almost 96 percent of all ships calling at Long Beach slowed to 12 knots within 20 nautical miles of the port last year. In 2009, Long Beach added the 40-nautical-mile option and last year, more than 83 percent of vessels slowed from 40 nautical miles. Slower ships burn less fuel, producing less pollution. Thirteen shipping lines were found to be top performers, earning Green Flags this year.
Ten shipping lines received the first Green Ship awards, a program encouraging vessel operators to assign the cleanest ships to Long Beach. Three of the companies collected both Green Flags and Green Ship awards Thursday.
Both programs offer financial incentives. Green Flag participants were awarded $2.5 million in dockage fee discounts in 2012. The port has awarded $135,000 in incentives since the Green Ship Program began last July.
This year’s Green Flag 20-nautical-mile winners were Matson Navigation and CMA CGM.
The port honored eight carriers in the Green Flag 40-nautical-mile program: “K” Line, Cosco, NYK Line, Alaska Tanker, BP Shipping, Zim Integrated Shipping Services, Pacific International Lines and MOL.
Seven carriers were recognized with Green Ship awards: Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, Tesoro-Gold Star Maritime, Wan Hai Lines (America), Navig8 Group Holdings, Oxbow Carbon and Minerals, OSG International and OSC Ship Management.
The port honored three carriers with dual awards: Hanjin Shipping, Mediterranean Shipping and OOCL.