Protecting Blue Whales And Blue Skies: A Vessel Speed Reduction Initiative

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  • In 2023, the Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies initiative achieved remarkable success in reducing coastal California air pollution, mitigating risks to whales, and decreasing ocean noise through voluntary vessel speed reduction (VSR) measures.
  • With a record-breaking 33 global shipping companies participating in the VSR program, significant reductions in air pollutant emissions and greenhouse gases were achieved, marking a pivotal milestone in the initiative’s environmental impact.

Participating vessels demonstrated a substantial decrease in the risk of ship strikes to whales, particularly endangered species, by adhering to speed limits of 10 knots or less, thereby contributing to the protection and preservation of marine biodiversity.

Addressing Ocean Noise Pollution

Compliance with VSR guidelines led to reduced sound levels during transit, fostering a quieter ocean environment that supports marine life, particularly whales reliant on acoustic communication for survival.

Collaborative Efforts for Sustainable Maritime Practices

Through collaboration with air pollution control districts, national marine sanctuaries, and nonprofit organizations, Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies continues to promote cleaner air, safer seas, and healthier ecosystems along California’s coast.

Charting a Course Towards a Greener Future

As the initiative enters its 2024 phase, stakeholders remain committed to advancing maritime sustainability, reducing emissions, and preserving marine biodiversity, paving the way for a greener, more responsible future for ocean transportation.

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Source: Edhat