Vessel Speed Reduction Program

About the Vessel Speed Reduction Program

The objective of the Vessel Speed Reduction Program (VSRP) is to reduce diesel particulate matter (DPM), nitrous oxides (NOx), and greenhouse gasses (GHG) emissions from Ocean-Going Vessels (OGV) by slowing their speeds as they approach or depart the Port, at 20 or 40 nautical miles from Point Fermin. A voluntary VSRP was established in 2001 with the signing of a cooperative Memorandum of Understanding among the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Steamship Association of Southern California, and Pacific Merchant Shipping Association. The Port of Los Angeles provides an incentive on an annual basis and does not require registration at this time.
Questions about the Port’s VSRP can be sent to