Wednesday, June 26, 2019

California Air Resources Board News

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Bay Ship to Build First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Passenger Vessel

California based shipbuilder Bay Ship and Yacht Co. said it has won a contract to build the first hydrogen fuel cell passenger vessel in the U.S. for Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine (GGZEM), a Bay Area company on a mission to eliminate maritime pollution.The zero-emission vessel is expected to be delivered and in service by September 2019 as a first of its kind in the U.S. The 70-foot, all-aluminum ferry will operate on the San Francisco Bay, and will be managed by the Red and…

Photo: Vovlo Penta

CARB Powers Clean Air in California

California Commercial Marine Operators Take Advantage of Grant Money to Repower with Eco-Friendly Engines. Capt. Joe Nazar recently repowered his whale watching excursion vessel in San Francisco with twin Volvo Penta Tier 3 diesels, and he couldn’t be happier with the results. Since the new engines were installed, he is seeing dramatic improvements in fuel efficiency, lower emissions, reduced noise levels and better performance. He has another good reason to be happy. A large percentage of the cost of repowering the boat came from a State of California grant. Nazar’s 64-ft.

Photo: Volvo Penta

Whale-watching Catamaran Repowered by Volvo Penta

When it came time to replace the old engines in his whale-watching vessel, Capt. Joe Nazar chose Volvo Penta and has enjoyed the benefits of improved fuel efficiency, lower emissions, reduced noise levels and better performance ever since. Nazar’s 64-ft. catamaran, Kitty Kat, was retrofitted with a pair of Volvo Penta D11 625 diesel engines in April, replacing the existing 12-liter Tier 2 engines. The installation was performed at Bay Marine Boatworks in collaboration with Helmut’s Marine Service, an authorized Volvo Penta Power Center in San Francisco.

Honda Marine on Display at Miami Boat Show

Honda Marine is set to market its complete range of outboard marine four-stroke engines at the 2016 Miami International Boat Show, February 11-15, 2016. At this year’s show, the Honda Marine team will showcase its four-stroke outboard engine, ranging from 2.3 to 250 horsepower, Honda Marine’s full line of current production models meets California Air Resources Board (CARB) 3-Star standards, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states, the manufacturer said.

Courtesy Brig Boats

Honda Marine, BRIG USA Ink OEM Deal

Honda Marine, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and marketer of a complete range of outboard marine 4-stroke engines, announced today a new OEM agreement with BRIG USA. BRIG Boats (www.brig-ribs.com) is a manufacturer of foldable and rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) for every budget and application, including recreational and professional use. Based in Kharkov, Ukraine, the 25-year-old company recently announced its launch into the U.S. market with two dealers located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Annapolis, Maryland.

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Honda Marine Offers New Finance Program

Outboard marine engine manufacturer Honda Marine informs it has chosen inventory finance company Northpoint Commercial Finance as the exclusive provider of a new finance program designed to provide a flexible approach to floorplanning boat/motor/trailer packages for original equipment manufacturers and dealers. By working closely with OEMs, Northpoint and Honda will help dealers reduce their Honda loose outboard financing cost. The program will allow Honda to design programs specific to the OEM and dealer needs in the marine engine market, the company said.

Capt. Jeff Cowan

Preventing Loss of Propulsion After Fuel Switch to Low Sulfur Distillate Fuel

The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) ANNEX VI Regulation 14 requires ships with Marine Compression-Ignition Engines at or Above 30 Liters per Cylinder use fuel with sulfur content less than 0.1%, after 01 January 2015 within the Baltic Sea area – as defined in Annex I of MARPOL, North Sea area – as defined in Annex V of MARPOL; within 200 miles of the North American area and when operating in the United States Caribbean Sea area – as defined in Appendix VII of Annex VI of MARPOL.

Ship Manager Fined for Emissions Regulations Breach

A ship management company has been fined $283,500 in connection with a breach of clean air regulations in the United States, the International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has confirmed. ITIC reports that an inspector of the California Air Resources Board, the clean air agency of the state of California, boarded a ship in July 2011 at a terminal in Los Angeles. The chief engineer was asked if he was aware of the revised 2009 California clean air regulations which required vessels to switch main engine…

The Port of Los Angeles Marina (photo courtesy of the Port of Los Angeles)

Port of Los Angeles Expands Engine Exchange Program

The Port of Los Angeles has expanded its existing Marina Engine Exchange Program to include all-electric and alternatively fuelled motors. Considering that the all-electric engines provide a greater emissions benefit, and recognizing that most are significantly more expensive than the combustion based motors, the Port of Los Angeles will offer up to $3,000 to boat owners choosing to purchase an electric motor. Originally introduced in 2012, the Marina Engine Exchange Program provides funding (75% of the total cost…

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California OGV Fuel Regulations Under Review

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) issued an advisory to owners or operators of oceangoing vessels visiting California ports offering guidance for complying with the state’s fuel regulations during the Air Resources Board Sunset review process. The California Oceangoing Vessel (OGV) Fuel Regulation includes a sunset provision which states that the requirements of the California OGV Fuel Regulation will cease to apply if the United States adopts and enforces requirements…

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Volvo Penta Debuts New Marine Engines

Volvo Penta today introduced the first two models of its next-generation sterndrive marine gasoline engines. The new 4.3-liter catalyzed V6 engines, rated at 200 and 240 horsepower, will supplement Volvo Penta’s current V6 product line. They debuted at the Marine Dealers Conference & Expo (MDCE) in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 16-19. Volvo Penta will roll out the complete new family of next-generation V6 and V8 gasoline sterndrive engines during 2015 and 2016, expanding on the V8-380 introduced by Volvo Penta in 2012.

Port of L.A. Ready for Calif. Shore-side Power Requirements

With more berths for ships to plug into shore-side electric power, or Alternative Maritime Power (AMP), than any other port in the world, the Port of Los Angeles said it is fully ready for its terminal operators and ocean carriers to meet California’s new clean air requirements. “The Port developed and invested heavily in AMP ahead of the regulations to bring the tremendous environmental benefits of shore-side power to our region,” said Gary Lee Moore, Interim Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles.

Automated Systems Simplify Regulatory Compliance

Tough new air pollution regulations for the maritime industry are making it difficult for the shipping industry to comply. The International Maritime Organization (IMO), the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB), to name a fe.w, have introduced new regulations to regulate air pollution. Steep fines and delays face maritime operators that do not comply with engine emissions monitoring and reporting. This is a challenge for shipping companies on several levels.

On-Board Testing Services Emerge

Testing delivers data needed to clean up tugs and workboats. As increasingly strict government and international maritime regulations are phased in to reduce harmful emissions produced by workboats and tugs, the need for on board, in-use testing services capable of delivering accurate, continuous emissions data needed has also come about. Monitoring emissions such as NOx, SO2 and particulate matter is fast becoming not just the right thing to do; it will soon become a requirement, as well.

Calif. Fines Shippers $440K for Violating Fuel Regulation

The California Air Resources Board has fined three international shipping companies a combined $440,250 for failure to switch from dirty bunker fuel to cleaner, low-sulfur marine distillate fuel upon entering Regulated California Waters, as required by state law. “Ships en route to California ports emit thousands of tons of diesel exhaust each year,” said ARB Enforcement Chief Jim Ryden. An ARB investigation showed that on 17 visits to California ports between November 6, 2009 and July 18…

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Honda Marine Launches All-New BF2.3 Portable Outboard

Honda Marine introduced the BF2.3 horsepower four-stroke engine, one of the company’s smallest and most lightweight engines. Replacing the existing Honda BF2 model, the Honda BF2.3 portable outboard engine incorporates a host of Honda-exclusive technologies that provide increased value and benefit to consumers. The new Honda Marine BF2.3 engine features bold new styling, indicative of the innovative design motif for all Honda portables and outboard engines. A sleek, aerodynamic shape and a refined new color and decal scheme provide for a modern appearance.

Photo: The Port of Los Angeles

Marine Engine Exchange Offers Grants for Motor Upgrades

In an ongoing effort to improve the air and water quality of San Pedro Bay, the Port of Los Angeles has made additional funding available for its Marina Engine Exchange Program, incentivizing boat owners to replace their older, high-polluting outboard motors with California Air Resources Board (CARB)-certified, “three star”/ultra-low emission-rated engines (up to 10 horsepower). The Port of Los Angeles is offering boat owners 75 percent of the total cost (up to $2,000) to replace old outboard motors with new motors…

AMP Connect: Photo courtesy of Cavotec

Plug In to AMP or Stay Away from California Ports

Come Jan. 1, 2014, the maritime industry in California faces a looming reality: ships must link up to port alternative maritime power (AMP). “Compliance is not optional,” said T.L. Garrett, vice president of Pacific Merchant Shipping Association. Garrett’s group represents the majority of international shipping lines and terminal operators doing business on the West Coast; most of them will be impacted by state rules to go into effect next year mandating the use of shore power for container, reefer and cruise ships.