The Port of Bergen on Friday (26 June) formed a company (Environmental Port Index (EPI) AS) to further develop the Environmental Port Index (EPI) tool used to measure a vessel’s level of pollution when in port.
Behind the formation is Port of Bergen’s long-running ambition to put in place a system through which the environmental impact of cruise ships is recorded, it said.
In 2017, the port added it had already initiated the development of an impact assessment system and established a joint industry project with DNV GL and 10 other Norwegian cruise ports.
For the 2020 season, 16 ports have EPI in place and ready for use.
EPI provides useful information on emission from ships and the outcome is a new system for environmental reporting for cruise ships.
With EPI, vessels provide information on their visit when leaving port, and the ports receive up-to-date data on CO2, NOx and SO2 emissions, use of onshore power supply, use of waste gas treatment systems, and consumption of fuel.
This information is then used to calculate an EPI Score; a number indicating a ship’s operational efficiency and impact on the environment when in port.
The score can be used by each individual port to adjust dues and fees, and this is a strong incentive for shipping companies to reduce their emissions, explained the port authority.
Photo credit: Port of Bergen
Published: 30 June, 2020
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