Every year, the world's largest container ships and auto carriers make thousands of transits along the California coast. By participating in our program, these ships are able to drastically reduce the environmental impacts of their transits.
Since 2014, the program has achieved:
792,359 slow speed miles
108,000+ metric tons in regional greenhouse gas emissions reductions
3,200+ tons of harmful NOx emissions avoided
44% estimated decrease risk in whale strikes
Every year the program has seen increased cooperation from its participants. Last season over 2/3 of all miles traveled within the VSR zones were at the requested 10 knots or fewer.
Increased cooperation rates results in greater environmental benefits: