ABS is to support the California Air Resources Board (CARB) with the implementation of new requirements to reduce harbour craft emissions.
The newly amended State of California Commercial Harbour Craft Regulation requires most harbour craft vessels to meet performance standards equivalent to a lower emission EPA Tier 4 engine and diesel particulate filter, and some vessel categories to upgrade to zero-emission or advanced technology. The amended regulation went into effect January 1, 2023. ABS will provide technical support to CARB, evaluating a vessel’s feasibility for modification to the new requirements, consulting on vessel design issues and evaluation of applications for compliance extension eligibility. The ABS Global Sustainability Center in Houston is leading this project, planned to conclude in March 2025.
Georgios Plevrakis, ABS VP Global Sustainability said: “ABS is working with vessels all over the world, supporting owners and operators to adapt assets to comply with evolving sustainability regulatory demands and has developed deep domain expertise. We are proud to be able to use this insight to support CARB with the implementation of the new requirements and reduce vessel emissions.”