Green Groups Seeks 10-Knot Speed Limit for Vessels Off California Ports

Four environmental and conservation groups filed a legal petition last week asking the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to set up a 10-knot speed limit for large commercial vessels traveling in and out of the ports of San Francisco Bay and Southern California.

The four groups – the Center for Biological Diversity, the Environmental Defense Center, Friends of the Earth, and Pacific Environment – allege that commercial vessels are afecting marine wildlife in federally-protected marine sanctuaries with vessel strikes on marine life, noise pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions. The main traffic channels for the Bay Area and Southern California ports pass through… Continue reading the full article at Pacific Maritime magazine online.