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Japan: Tokyo to waive fee for ships powered by LNG and hydrogen

29 Mar 2021

The Tokyo metropolitan government on Thursday (25 March) said it has decided to waive port entry fees for ships powered by liquified natural gas (LNG) and hydrogen, as well as LNG bunkering vessels at Yokohama, Kawasaki and Tokyo.

The fee waiver will be effective from Thursday, 1 April and is valid till 31 March, 2026.

With the tightening of regulations on emissions from ships by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the government said it expects the number of LNG-fuelled vessels to increase.

Tokyo Port endeavors to contribute to international environmental measures and strengthen international competitiveness by encouraging the entry of LNG fueled vessels. 

The port will also cooperate with Keihin Sanko to support vessels that use LNG as fuel and introduce an incentive system for LNG bunkering.

In addition, an incentive system will be introduced for hydrogen-fuelled vessels to support the early launch of future hydrogen-fueled vessels, which are expected to be zero-emission vessels in the future.

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Louie Martinez on Unsplash
Published: 29 March, 2021

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