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Gothenburg extends discount to LNG-powered ships

03 Aug 2018

The Port of Gothenburg is extending its 20% discount on the port tariff for liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled vessels, due until the end of 2018, for another two years.

Use of LNG marine fuel began to gather momentum at the Port of Gothenburg in the second half of 2016, it says.

Prior to that, shipping companies were sceptical about investing as there was no means of bunkering LNG at the port. At the same time, the bunkering companies were unwilling to supply LNG without a customer base.

“A catalyst was necessary to break the deadlock, and the energy discount has been a strong contributing factor behind many players choosing to follow the LNG route,” said Edvard Molitor, Environmental Manager at the Gothenburg Port Authority.

“It took time before it really took off, but today these players are at the LNG forefront at the Port of Gothenburg. Now that the discount period is drawing to a close, we can see that the upward trend is continuing at the port with a growing number of LNG calls.

“We aim to maintain our support for this development, and we are therefore planning to extend the four-year discount period by a further two years.”

Moving forward, the port notes it is planning for a more technology-neutral environmental discount which takes greater account of the vessels’ environmental impact rather than the technology or the fuel used to run the vessel.

“We will of course continue to support vessels that offer a good environmental profile, but we won’t make any distinction in the discount between vessels that produce the same environmental outcomes,” said Molitor.

“As the environmental effects of LNG operation continue to be good, these will also be incorporated into our future environmental control system.”

Photo credit: Port of Gothenburg
Published: 3 August, 2018

 

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