Slower Ships Save Money, Whales

Tankers Incentivized to Slow Down in Santa Barbara Channel

The Santa Barbara Channel

John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research

The Santa Barbara Channel

A program to reduce air pollution and protect whales in the Santa Barbara Channel and the Bay Area from ship strikes started on 7/1. Shipping companies that voluntarily reduce their vessel speeds to 10 knots or slower will receive financial rewards ranging from $1,000 to $35,000, depending on fleet size and adherence to guidelines. About $300,000, is available for this year’s program, which runs through 11/15.