New queuing course of for ships in Port of Oakland goals to enhance air high quality and security – CBS San Francisco

OAKLAND (BCN) – Better air quality in the Bay Area and more safety are the goals of a new voluntary queuing system for container ships calling at the port of Oakland, according to three shipping companies.

After the success in Southern California, the new system will be extended to the Bay Area. The ships will wait 80 kilometers from the coast in a safety and air quality zone until their scheduled arrival time in the port.

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The new system went into effect on Monday. Ships are given an arrival time based on when they left their last port of call. Before Monday, ships were given an arrival time if they were less than 80 nautical miles from the coast.

The new system will allow ships to take their time to get to Oakland and reduce emissions at sea. There will also be more space between ships at sea, which will make shipping safer, especially in winter when storms are brewing.

“The resounding success of Southern California’s new container queuing system paved the way for this expansion of the Bay Area,” said Jim McKenna, president and CEO of the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents maritime companies doing business on the west coast, in a statement .

“This updated system has reduced the number of ships anchored near our ports, allowing for safer operations for ships and their crews and additional protection for coastal communities,” added McKenna.

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Sea shippers implemented the new system in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, reducing the backlog of ships waiting to be berthed in those ports. The number of waiting ships fell from 86 in mid-November to 17 in early January.

Nine ships waited off the Bay Area coast Friday, but that number is set to rise, Oakland port officials said. The new system is not intended to reduce the number of ships calling at the port of Oakland.

“The PMA, PMSA (Pacific Merchant Shipping Association) and the Marine Exchange of the San Francisco Bay Region are implementing this ship queuing process to promote a fair, efficient and reliable system in a chapter of unprecedented sea congestion,” said Captain Lynn Korwatch, executive director of the Marine Exchange of the San Francisco Bay Region, which gathers and disseminates shipping information, in a statement.

“We look forward to our region reaping the benefits in terms of safety and clean air,” said Korwatch.

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