Commercial Harbor Craft Regulatory Activities

This page last reviewed January 13, 2014

Background:

This area of the Commercial Marine Vessels website pertains to regulatory activities to reduce diesel particulate matter (PM), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and reactive organic gases (ROG) from commercial harbor craft. There are several types of harbor craft in use in California, including crew and supply boats, charter fishing vessels, commercial fishing vessels, ferry/excursion vessels, pilot vessels, towboats or push boats, tug boats, and work boats. A rule was adopted in November 2007 and became effective in January 2009. ARB staff is currently developing proposed revisions to the rule that would add in-use engine requirements for dredges and other barges. To find out more about the regulatory activities and related information, please see the links at left and below.
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What's New & Upcoming Events 

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Posted January 13, 2014:
The brochure, Commercial Harbor Craft - What Owners/Operators Need to Know, has been revised and is now available.  The updated brochure is part of the Heavy-Duty Diesel Information Series and includes the regulatory amendments adopted in 2010.  

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Posted April 29, 2013:
ARB has determined to disapprove the Alternative Control of Emissions (ACE) plan from Hornblower for complying with he Commercial Harbor Craft Regulation.  The disapproval letter can be accessed at:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/ports/marinevess/harborcraft/ace/hornblower/disapprovalletter.pdf

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Posted April 15, 2013:
The comment received during the 15-day public comment period for Hornblower's ACE plan is available and can be accessed at:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/ports/marinevess/harborcraft/hornblowercomment.htm

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Posted March 29, 2013:
ARB's proposal to disapprove the Alternative Control of Emissions (ACE) plan from Hornblower for complying with he Commercial Harbor Craft Regulation has been posted and is available for public review and comment.  Additionally, the summary of comments received during the 30-day comment period for the ACE plan and ARB responses have been posted.  Detailed information can be accessed at:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/ports/marinevess/harborcraft/hcace.htm

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Posted February 12, 2013:
ARB received comment from Bay Area Air Quality Management District regarding Hornblower's ACE plan.  The public comments can be accessed at:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/ports/marinevess/harborcraft/hornblowercomment.htm

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Posted January 30, 2013:
The Alternative Control of Emissions (ACE) plan application from Hornblower has been posted and is available for public review and comment.  The first 30-day public comment period starts on January 31st, 2013, ends on March 1st.  The Alternative Control of Emissions webpage can be accessed at:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/ports/marinevess/harborcraft/hcace.htm

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Posted April 19, 2012:
ARB has received United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) authorization to enforce the Commercial Harbor Craft Regulation, including new and in-use enigne emission limits.  Advisory Number 436: Enforcement of the Commercial Harbor Craft Regulation can be accessed at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/ports/marinevess/harborcraft/advisories.htm

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Posted March 16, 2012:
The California Air Resource Board (ARB) received $5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to assist small business owners with replacement of marine vessels or marine vessel diesel engines with cleaner, less-polluting engines.  The Loan Assistance Program is to encourage small business owners to upgrade their marine vessels for early compliance with ARB's Comercial Harbor Craft Regulation (CHC Regulation).  

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Posted Febrary 21, 2012:
ARB staff has updated the contact information on the Alternative Technologies for complying with the Commercial Harbor Craft Regulation list.  Additional contacts for the Electro-Motive Diesel remanufacture kits are now listed.   

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Posted October 17, 2011:
Commercial Harbor Craft Emissions Models (Access Databases) have been updated and are available at  http://www.arb.ca.gov/msei/categories.htm#offroad_motor_vehicles

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Posted May 20, 2011:
Catepillar 3500 Marine EUG Kit 3 has been added to the alternative technologies for complying with the Commercial Harbor Craft Regulation.  The alternative technologies listed are one of several options which can be used to satisfy the CHC Regulation U.S. EPA Tier 2 or equivalent compliance requirements.

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Posted December 13, 2010:
The alternative technologies for complying with the Commercial Harbor Craft Regulation has been posted and is available for download.  The alternative technologies listed are one of several options which can be used to satisfy the CHC Regulation U.S. EPA Tier 2 or equivalent compliance requirements.

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Posted October 14, 2010:
Final Report - Evaluating Emission Benefits of a Hybrid Tug Boat - Final Report October 2010 (4.94M) has been posted and is available for download.

The report documents a comparison of the emissions testing of a hybrid and a conventional tugboat.  This report provides an analysis of tugboat activity, the measured emissions from all activities, and a determination of the difference between the total emissions from a hybrid and a conventional tugboat based on the activity and emissions data.

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Posted October 1, 2010:
The ARB has posted the Notice of Public Availability of Modified Text (15-Day Notice) to consider the Adoption of Proposed Amendments to the Regulations to Reduce Emissions from Diesel Engines on Commercial Harbor Craft Operated within California Waters and 24 Nautical Miles of the California Baseline.  Deadline for public comment is October 18, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.  The 15-Day Notice documents and associated formal regulatory materials at http://www.arb.ca.gov/regact/2010/chc10/chc10.htm

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Posted May 5, 2010:
The Initial Statement of Reasons: Amendments to the Regulations to Reduce Emissions for Diesel Engines on Commercial Harbor Craft Operated Within California Waters and 24 Nautical Miles of the California Baseline was released on May 5, 2010.  These proposed amendments will be presented at the June 24, 2010 Board hearing.  The supporting materials for information presented in the staff report are available in the Documents section.  

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Posted February 11, 2010:

The staff presentation for the Commercial Harbor Craft public workshop being held in Sacramento on February 16, 2010, is now available. At the workshop, staff will present draft amendments to the California's Commercial Harbor Craft Regulation which add in-use engine requirements for diesel engines on dreges, barges, and crew and supply boats which operate in Regulated California Waters.  In addition, other clarifying amendments will also be presented.  Draft amended regulatory language is also now available. 


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Posted January 29, 2010:

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff invites you to participate in a Commercial Harbor Craft public workshop on February 16, 2010, from 9:30am to 11:30am in Sacramento (and via webcast).  At the workshop, staff will present draft amendments to the California's Commercial Harbor Craft Regulation which add in-use engine requirements for diesel engines on dreges, barges, and crew and supply boats which operate in Regulated California Waters.  In addition, other clarifying amendments will also be presented.  Details are available in the workshop notice


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Posted January 12, 2010:

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released a Commercial Harbor Craft Regulatory Advisory.  This advisory clarifies ARB’s Commercial Harbor Craft Regulation Initial Report and Annual Record Keeping requirements.  The initial report was one time requirement;  ARB does not require vessel engine owners and operators to submit a yearly report.


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Posted November 23, 2009:

A revised final report --  Effect of Biodiesel on Emissions from a Tier II Marine Propulsion Engine, Final Report, prepared by University of California, Riverside, College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology has been posted and is available for download.  The final report was revised to correct typographical errors.  The report documents the emissions testing of a Tier 2 marine propulsion engine operating on a California ferry.  The testing
compared the engine exhaust emissions with three different fuels,CARB diesel, CARB diesel with 20% biodiesel, and CARB diesel with 50% biodiesel.  


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Posted October 20, 2009:

Effect of Biodiesel on Emissions from a Tier II Marine Propulsion Engine, Final Report, prepared by University of California, Riverside, College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology has been posted and is available for download.  The report documents the emissions testing of a Tier II marine propulsion engine operating on a California ferry.  The testing compared the engine exhaust emissions with three different fuels, CARB diesel, CARB diesel with 20% biodiesel, and CARB diesel with 50% biodiesel. 


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Posted August 28, 2009:

The Board date for the amendments to the Commercial Harbor Craft regulation has been delayed in order to provide time to evaluate the need to include additional requirements for diesel engines on dredges and other barges.  The revised Board date will be posted on this site when finalized.

ARB staff is currently surveying owners and operators of dredge and barge engines that operate in regulated California waters in order to update the emission inventory and evaluate the need for further control.  If you have questions about the amendments to the commercial harbor craft regulation or you are a barge or dredge operator and you have not received a survey form please contact Todd Sterling at 916-445-1034 or call the toll-free number at  888-442-7238.


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Posted July 13, 2009:

The Commercial Harbor Craft public workshop scheduled for July 13, 2009, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm in Sacramento has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  


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Posted June 24, 2009:

The California Air Resources Board staff invites you to attend a Commercial Harbor Craft public workshop on July 13, 2009, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm in Sacramento (and via webcast).  At the workshop, staff will present proposed amendments to add in-use engine requirements for diesel engines on crew and supply vessels and dredge engines on boats and barges operating in Regulated California Waters.  In addition, other clarifying amendments will also be presented.  Details are available in the workshop notice


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Posted May 13, 2009:

The staff presentation for the Commercial Harbor Craft public workshop being held in Sacramento on May 14, 2009, is now available. At the workshop, staff will present proposed amendments to add in-use engine requirements for diesel engines on crew and supply vessels which operate in Regulated California Waters.  In addition, other clarifying amendments will also be presented.  Draft amended regulatory language is also now available. 


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Posted May 1, 2009:

You are invited to attend a amendments to Commercial Harbor Craft public workshop on May 14, 2009, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm in Sacramento (and via webcast).  At the workshop, staff will present proposed amendments to add in-use engine requirements for diesel engines on crew and supply vessels which operate in Regulated California Waters.  In addition, other clarifying amendments will also be presented.  Details are available in the workshop notice


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Posted March 12, 2009:

An imformational pamphlet for commercial harbor craft operators, "What Owners/Operators Need to Know", is now available. This pamphlet discusses the purpose of the commercial harbor craft regulation, information about who is affected by the regulation, the basic requirements of the commercial harbor craft regulation, and information about incentive funding. 


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Posted March 5, 2009:

An Enforcement Advisory has been issued to inform commercial harbor craft owners and operators that ARB will administratively provide a grace period of one month, until March 31, 2009, for the submittal of the initial report to allow additional time for notification of the regulated community. This grace period also applies to 2009 compliance plans, if required. None of the compliance dates for the regulation's other requirements are changed. The advisory also includes information regarding requirements for all commercial harbor crafts and additional requirements for ferries, excursion vessels, tugboats, and towboats.  


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Posted February 27, 2009:

The staff presentation for the Commercial Harbor Craft public workshop being held in Santa Barbara on March 2, 2009, is now available. At the workshop, staff will discuss the need to include emission control requirements for crew and supply boats as an amendment to the California's Commercial Harbor Craft Regulation. Draft amended regulatory language is also now available. 



One-Month Grace Period for Commercial Harbor Craft Reporting:

ARB will administratively provide a grace period of one month, until March 31, 2009, for the submittal of the initial report to allow additional time for notification of the regulated community. This grace period also applies to 2009 compliance plans, if required. None of the compliance dates for the regulation's other requirements are changed. An enforcement advisory regarding this grace period will be posted on the ARB website. 


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Posted February 19, 2009:

A new toll-free number, 1-888-442-7238, is now available for California's Commercial Harbor Craft Regulation for callers anywhere on the West Coast. 


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Posted February 17, 2009:

You are invited to attend a Commercial Harbor Craft public workshop on March 2, 2009, from 9:30am to 11:00am in Santa Barbara (and via webcast).  At the workshop, staff will discuss the need to include emission control requirements for crew and supply boats as an amendment to the California's Commercial Harbor Craft Regulation. Details are available in the workshop notice


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Posted February 10, 2009:

The staff presentation for the Commercial Harbor Craft public workshop being held on February 11, 2009, is now available.


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Posted January 29, 2009:

A Commercial Harbor Craft Reporting Notification Letter to all California Commercial Harbor Craft owners and operators is available. 


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Posted January 23, 2009:

You are invited to attend a Commercial Harbor Craft public workshop on February 11, 2009, from 9:30am to 11:00am in Sacramento (and via webcast).  At the workshop, we will discuss the implementation of California's Commercial Harbor Craft Regulation, which became effective January 1, 2009.  Details are available in the workshop notice

 

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Posted January 23, 2009:

A Compliance Guideline for the Commercial Harbor Craft Regulation is now available. The compliance guideline discusses who will have to comply with the regulation and explains what is required to comply.

 

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Posted January 16, 2009:

Reporting forms are now available to assist commercial harbor craft owners and operators in complying with the reporting requirements of the Commercial Harbor Craft Regulation. All commercial harbor craft operating within California Regulated Waters must file an initial report by February 28, 2009.






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