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News ID: 71990 |
Publish Date: 16:01 - 30 January 2017

Vancouver Port Reduces Fees for Quieter Vessels

Canadian Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has launched an incentive program for marine vessels operating in the Port of Vancouver, aimed at addressing concerns about underwater vessel noise affecting at-risk marine life.

Vancouver Port Reduces Fees for Quieter Vessels
According to MANA, the port authority added new incentive criteria to its existing EcoAction program to include harbor due rate discounts for quieter ships. With this move, Canada has become the first country in the world with a marine noise reduction incentive, according to the port authority.
“Adding underwater noise reduction criteria to our EcoAction program is an exciting next step towards our long-term goal of reducing the impacts of shipping activities on at-risk whales,” Duncan Wilson, vice president of corporate social responsibility at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, said.
The new noise reduction incentive is one outcome of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority-led Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) program, launched in 2014 with the goal to better understand and reduce the impacts of commercial vessel activities on at-risk whales throughout the southern coast of British Columbia, the port authority added
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