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Gothenburg, Sweden
Growing number of vessels receive environmental discount
Wednesday, February 15, 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden
Last year, one in three ships at the Port of Gothenburg received an environmental discount on port charges. This represents an increase of 83% on the previous year…

…The Port rewards vessels that are environmental high performers. One in three vessels that called at the largest port in Scandinavia last year were classified as green according to the industry environmental indexes. In total, 75 vessels received a discount of 10% on the port charges compared to 41 in 2015…

…The discount is based on two separate environmental indexes, Environmental Ship Index and Clean Shipping Index. Vessels that have a score of at least 30 according to ESI, or which are classified as green according to CSI, receive a 10 per cent discount on the port charges.

An additional discount is available for vessels that run on liquefied natural gas (LNG). By using LNG as a marine fuel, emissions of sulphur and particles are reduced to almost zero and nitrogen oxide emissions by 85-90%. There is also a substantial reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

In total, these vessels receive a 30% discount each time they call. In 2016, two vessels received the maximum discount…

…The current environmental discount was first introduced on January 1, 2015. Another similar environmental reward system was in place prior to that…

…Now it is even simpler for shipping companies to secure a discount. Previously, companies were required to register their vessels with Port Control at the Port of Gothenburg. With effect from January 1, 2017, registration takes place automatically when vessels call at the port. Vessels running on LNG will still need to report to the Gothenburg Port Authority to secure the discount…

(For information about operations in Sweden contact GAC Sweden at sweden@gac.com)

Source: Extract from the Port of Gothenburg (www.portofgothenburg.com) newsletter dated 13 February 2017

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