NSW Ports, the operator of Port Botany and Port Kembla in Australia, is planning to introduce an environmental incentive to vessel related charges for ships registered with the Environmental Ship Index (ESI).
ESI is a scoring system that gives a numerical representation of the environmental performance of seagoing ships regarding air pollutants. It only includes ships that perform over and above current International Maritime Organization (IMO) international legislation on emission standards.
NSW Ports will develop the details of this program in consultation with relevant shipping lines and is targeting a 1 January 2019 implementation, it notes.
The incentive is consistent with international approaches at 53 ports globally, including the Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands; the Port of Los Angeles, USA; and the Port of New York and New Jersey, USA.
“NSW Ports has introduced the incentive to reward companies that use vessels with better air emissions performance,” says NSW Ports CEO Marika Calfas.
“We are passionate about environmental issues and wanted to take a lead in Australia to help encourage change through an incentive to encourage shipping lines to improve their emissions.
“The environmental incentive will be applied to vessels that perform better in reducing their emissions than the levels required by current emission standards of the International Maritime Organisation.
“The incentive takes the form of a discount on vessel related charges levied by NSW Ports on vessels that call at our ports of Port Botany and Port Kembla.
“The introduction of this environmental incentive is aligned with Australia’s commitment towards international climate change initiatives.”
Photo credit: NSW Ports
Published: 18 May, 2018
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