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ABC Fuels Program

Green your vessel emissions and be rewarded at the Port of Seattle - The At-Berth Clean (ABC) Fuels Program encourages voluntary reduction of vessel emissions in our harbor by incentivizing use of low sulfur fuels above and beyond ECA requirements.
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Since 2009, participants have received over $3 Million in incentives to burn low sulfur fuel while at berth in Seattle and the program has eliminated over 830 metric tons of sulfur dioxide emissions. The 2011 Puget Sound Maritime Emissions Inventory shows significant reductions (since 2005) in sulfur dioxide and diesel particulate matter emissions from the Port of Seattle. The ABC Fuels Program was a major contributor to this achievement, accounting for an estimated 65 percent of the sulfur emission reductions.

In 2014, the Port of Seattle’s ABC Fuels Program will change to a “per metric ton” incentive for vessels that achieve early compliance with 2015 ECA requirements to burn ≤0.1% sulfur fuel while at berth. The incentive payout depends on the amount of fuel (≤0.1%) burned and could be as much as $7,400 per qualifying vessel call.

This incentive is 85% of the difference between the average 2013 cost of LS380 and MGO. The incentive level for the year is based on the average price of fuel in Singapore in 2013 (rolling 12-month average, as published by Bunkerworld – from Feb 2013 through Jan 2014, for the two different fuels (LS380 and MGO).

Payouts will be made for volumes of fuel burned at-berth between 6 MT and 37MT. The incentive will be capped at $7,400 equivalent to 37MT of ≤0.1% fuel used at berth.

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  • Burn MGO or MDO of 0.5% sulfur or less in auxiliary engines and/or boilers while at berth
  • Five or more carrier/cruise line calls annually
  • Meet the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy reporting and verification requirements
  • Complete and sign the Enrollment Form annually
  • Own, operate, or charter vessels that call at the Port of Seattle
Current and Past ABC Fuels Participants:
  • APL
  • China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO)
  • Evergreen Line
  • Hamburg Süd
  • Hapag-Lloyd
  • Maersk Line
  • Matson Navigation
  • OOCL
  • Royal Caribbean International
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Princess Cruises


Ellen Watson
Environmental Program Manager
Stephanie Kang
Marketing Manager, Seaport Carrier Accounts
Marie Fritz
Manager of Cruise and Business Development