White House opposes bid to slow ship speeds to protect whales

(WASHINGTON) — The White House has been working to halt a proposal by scientists to impose speed limits on large ships off the East Coast to protect an endangered whale, the Washington Post reported. The World Shipping Council and other maritime groups say a 10-knot speed limit would be costly to the industry. The Bush Administration has questioned the scientists’ reasoning behind the proposal, stating that the speed limit is unlikely to have much of an effect on efforts to save the engandered North Atlantic right whale.
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By Professional Mariner Staff