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.
Since 2009, participants have received over $2.6 Million in incentives from Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. The 2011 Puget Sound Maritime Emissions Inventory verifies the success of the program, which has eliminated more than 39% of sulfur dioxide emissions and 34% of diesel particulate matter in the harbor.
ABC Fuels implemented the ocean going vessel goals of the 2007 Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy, whose goal is to improve air quality for the region. The Port of Seattle provides tiered incentives that average $2,250 to use low-sulfur fuel in vessels’ auxiliary engines for each call. This program has seen a steady increase in participants since it began.
The low-sulfur fuel (less than 0.1% sulfur) is estimated to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by 64 percent from ECA levels.
The success of the ABC Fuels program is based upon a voluntary partnership that includes some of the Port’s cargo and cruise lines and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. Since the program’s inception over 1275 participating vessel visits have been recorded from 12 carrier lines.