South Korea has introduced a voluntary vessel speed reduction (VSR) programme as part of its efforts to control maritime emissions.
According to a notice posted on the North P&I Club’s website, the programme came into effect in December. Five major South Korean ports – Busan, Ulsan, Yeosu, Gwangyang and Incheon – have been designed as VSR areas and each area spans 20 nautical miles in radius, measured from a specific lighthouse in each port.
‘Ships that voluntarily reduce their speed (12 knots for container ships and car-carriers, 10 knots for other ship types) will have their port entry/leave fees discounted,’ added North.
As previously reported, attempts to include vessel speed reductions – or ‘slow steaming’ – in the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) global regulations have not yet been successful. .