Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line) has announced that it has received a gold award from the National Ocean and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) for the company’s participation with the high level of compliance rate during 2018 voluntary Vessel Speed Reduction (VSR) incentive program.
The program aims to protect whales in Santa Barbara Channel and San Francisco Bay Area and calls for vessels’ speed reduction sailing these waters.
“K” Line says that it has been participating in this program since last year and have been highly evaluated for the eco-friendly slow steaming of our car carrier vessels in the waters between July and November last year.
The company also confirms that it has been commended by the Port of Long Beach for its “Green Flag Program” for fourteen consecutive years since 2005. The program asks vessels to reduce their speed within 40 nautical miles (about 74 kilometres) from the port in order to prevent air pollution. In 2018, “K” Line achieved a high compliance rate of over 90 per cent for vessels’ slow steaming.