Canada’s Port of Vancouver has unveiled a new incentive for shipping companies to protect local marine wildlife. Vessels that meet new engine noise reduction standards will have their port fees cut by up to 47%. The port is claiming the discount is a world first.
Ship noise disrupts whale feeding, hunting and communication. Other initiatives around the world in areas of great whale populations have sought – without much success – to get shipping lanes moved.
The new rules in Vancouver went into effect on January 1.