Bloomberg Law
March 24, 2022, 10:27 PM

California Board Calls for Zero-Emission Harbor Vessels by 2035

Zach Bright
Zach Bright

New regulations to tighten boating emissions are coming to California shores, after the state’s air agency passed an amendment to its commercial harbor craft regulations on Thursday.

The California Air Resources Board unanimously voted to require boats in the state’s ports and marinas to fully transition to zero emissions by 2035 where feasible. The update to existing regulations is projected to improve air quality and reduce emissions-related health issues.

With the new guidelines, Air Resources Board staff predicted emissions reductions of 89% for diesel particulate matter and 54% for oxides of nitrogen. Harbor crafts—which include passenger ferries, tugboats, and tow ...