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APL is converting ships it sends to the Port of Seattle to cleaner burning low-sulfur fuel.
The shift to cleaner fuel will reduce diesel particulate emissions generated by APL ships docked in Seattle by 75 percent, said APL Americas President John Bowe. Sulfur oxides - which contribute to acid rain - could be cut 80 percent, he said.
The clean diesel will be used in auxiliary engines that power the ships in port. Over a year, the switch is expected to eliminate 3.5 tons of particulates emissions and 30 tons of sulfur oxides.
The step affects all ships in APL''s Pacific South 1 Service.
"We''re taking this step unilaterally because it''s …