PBWBS Program


A silhouette of a whale tail and a ship with the text "Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies" encircling the scene, highlighting the program's conservation message.

Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies is a voluntary Vessel Speed Reduction (VSR) Program along the coast of California which incentivizes shipping companies to slow the speeds of their vessels in our local ocean backyard!

Historically ocean cargo vessels traveled the world’s oceans at speeds needed to meet their schedules or arrival times. However, in the last decade the benefits of slowing vessels down near coastlines and in biologically sensitive parts of the ocean have become clear. Slower vessels produce less pollution, are safer for ocean creatures like whales, and importantly produce much less underwater noise. In Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, emissions from offshore vessels of all types contribute a significant amount of nitrous oxides (NOx) which blow into our local air basin from offshore.

The Port of Hueneme is California’s only Port Ambassador for the Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies (BWBS) Vessel Speed Reduction Program. The Port is proud to work with its partner shipping companies which participate in BWBS, with their demonstrated commitments to clean air, whale conservation and sustainable shipping. In doing so, the Port of Hueneme encourages them to maintain a high level of cooperation in the program in the years to come. The Port prides itself on being a leader in maritime sustainability and our success is greatest when we work together with partners.


Port of Hueneme’s cargo carriers received the following award levels, achieving the following air emission benefits:

PoH’s Cargo Carriers 2022 Award Level Cooperation Rate Estimated Regional CO2 equivalent Reductions (metric tons) Estimated NOx Emission Reductions (metric tons)
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Sapphire 86% 472 12.5
Hyundai Glovis Blue Sky 52% 297 7.3
NYK Sapphire 85% 973 24.8
K Line Gold 71% 848 20.8
Maersk Gold 80% 2,393 63.2

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Blueprint to Zero Emissions Announced at World Oceans Day Event on June 11 Download Press Release Contact: Letitia Austin Public and Gov’t Relations Manager Laustin@Portofh.org   [Port Hueneme, CA –…

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May 8, 2024

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