Port of Tallinn in Estonia has joined a group of ports to offer discounts to vessels meeting certain criteria of the Environmental Ship Index (ESI) which evaluates the amount of air pollution emitted by a ship, the vessel’s energy savings measures as well as readiness to connect the ship to onshore power supply.
From 1 January 2019 onward, vessels with the ESI score of 80 and above may apply for a discount of 8% on tonnage fees. For ships with the ESI score between 65 and 79.9, the applicable discount is 3%.
“Over 50 ports worldwide are using the index to reward ships that are contributing to better environmental performance, including our closest neighbour Helsinki, Europe’s leading ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp and Hamburg as well as several others,” said Margus Vihman, the CCO and Member of the Management Board of the Port of Tallinn.
“And the more ports in a particular shipping route reward sustainable and innovative solutions, the more motivating it is for shipping companies – in Port of Tallinn’s harbours alone that reward may amount to tens and even hundreds of thousands of euros in tonnage fees per year.”
The ESI evaluates the amount of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and sulphur oxide (SOx) that is emitted by a ship; it includes a reporting scheme on the greenhouse gas emission of the ship. The ESI is a perfect indicator of the environmental performance of oceangoing vessels and will assist in identifying cleaner ships in a general way.
“All the vessels sailing on the Baltic Sea must, naturally, meet current applicable environmental regulations,” said Ellen Kaasik, the Head of Quality and Environmental Management of the Port of Tallinn.
“Our aim as the landlord port is, as do many our counterparts around the world, to encourage shipping companies to make extra efforts for adopting sustainable solutions and thus for protecting the fragile ecosystem of our Baltic Sea.”
The Port of Tallinn first introduced differentiated port fees in 2014, when discounts were made available for cruise vessels sorting their waste. From early 2018, all vessels using LNG as their primary fuel have been offered a tonnage fee discount of 4%.
The implementation of differentiated port fees in various EU ports is also one of the principles of Green Cruise Port project co-financed by the EU through the INTERREG BSR programme, which unites ports and cruise tourism sector companies in the countries on the Baltic Sea and North Sea.
Published: 10 December, 2018
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