CA Air Resources Board Updates “At Berth” Regulation to Reduce Harmful Emissions

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) on Aug. 27 approved updates to its 2007 “At Berth” regulation, further reducing pollution from oceangoing vessels while they are docked at California’s busiest ports.

The revised regulation requires every vessel (rather than only select categories) docked in a regulated California port to use either shore power — i.e., the local electrical grid — or a CARB-approved control technology to reduce harmful emissions.

The updated regulation adds auto carriers and tankers, which may be used for ethanol, to existing, already covered categories (i.e., container, reefer, and cruise vessels).

Auto carriers and tankers docking at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach will need to comply starting in 2025, and tankers in Northern California have until 2027.

This article comes from U.S. Department of Agriculture's Sept. 17, 2020, Grain Transportation Report.

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