24 Jun '11, 2pm

CA Widens Clean-Fuel Zone for Ships #ocean #greenhouse #oil

CA Widens Clean-Fuel Zone for Ships #ocean #greenhouse #oil

Bloomberg News A ship anchored outside the Port of Long Beach waits to unload some cranes. Noting that cargo ships are traveling longer distances to avoid having to switch as quickly to a cleaner-burning fuel off the California coast, the state’s Air Resources Board has changed its fuel regulations. The amended rules, approved on Thursday, are aimed at both reducing the ships’ greenhouse gas emissions and addressing a problem that the vessels created for the Navy as they shifted to routes farther offshore to avoid compliance. The original rules, which were adopted by the board in 2008, required that ships operating within 24 nautical miles of the California coast swap out their heavy fuel oil for less polluting but more expensive marine distillate fuels. Immediately after those regulations took effect in July 2009, ships began abandoning a traditional route through the San...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/24/california-wide...

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