Image source does not exist News Release: 2012-03-16 Five Million in Loans for Clean Tug-boats, Ferries, Fishing Boats and Excursion Boats in California

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Cassandra Hockenson

Five Million in Loans for Clean Tug-boats, Ferries, Fishing Boats and Excursion Boats in California

One-time loan assistance available only until July 31, 2012

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board has received $5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds to help clean up a variety of boats and vessels that operate in California’s ports and harbors.

These funds are designed to reduce emissions from a variety of marine vessels that use diesel engines, such as charter fishing boats, commercial fishing boats, crew and supply vessels, ferry and excursion boats, pilot vessels, tow boats, tug-boats and work boats.  The funds will be used to guarantee loans for small businesses who wish to upgrade to cleaner operating boats, but may not meet today’s stringent borrowing standards.

“This one-time influx of federal funds makes it possible for small business owners to qualify for a loan to upgrade their boats, even if they have less than stellar credit,” said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols.  “This will help continue our efforts to clean up the air in California’s ports and harbor communities.”

To be eligible a company owning one of these vessels must have fewer than 500 employees, and conduct the majority of their business in California or regulated California waters.  In addition, the company must meet a participating lender’s underwriting standards.  A list of these lenders is available at: These funds will be available through July 31, 2012. Funds are also still available through this program for off-road vehicles. For more information on that, go to:

Diesel exhaust contains a variety of harmful gases and over 40 other known cancer causing compounds.  California identified diesel particulate matter as a toxic air contaminant based on its potential to cause cancer, premature death and other health problems.  ARB’s Commercial Harbor Craft regulation is designed to substantially reduce these dangerous emissions and these funds are designed to help advance that.

Additional information is available at:  You can also call ARB’s Commercial Harbor Craft Hotline at (888) 442-7238 or email

ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.