The introduction of environmental discounts in the Port of Gothenburg, to incentivise vessels with high environmental performance, has got off to a great start according to Edvard Molitor, Senior Manager Environment at the Port of Gothenburg Authority.
The Port of Gothenburg’s environmental discounts were introduced to promote a reduction in environmental impact beyond the levels stipulated in international regulations and legislation. Since the system’s implementation earlier on 1st January, the market’s signals have been highly positive.
“This method of saving money and, not least, of highlighting environmental dedication is of course appreciated by our customers. They also appreciate the fact that we have joined an established index system that makes it easier for many more participants to join in,” explained Edvard Molitor, Senior Manager Environment at the Port of Gothenburg Authority.
To date 25 vessels have joined the system and the proportion of ships meeting the discount requirements is higher than expected.
“Twenty five ships is a relatively small proportion of all the vessels in the port, but these particular ships call very frequently. The exact proportion depends somewhat on how we define if a ship makes a port call, but a conservative estimate shows that one in six vessels using the Port of Gothenburg currently receives the environmental discount.”
Furthermore, this proportion is expected to rise in the future. Not least when vessels running on Liquefied Natural Gas or LNG start calling in at the Port of Gothenburg in 2016.
“LNG is a good way of cutting emissions but it requires investment in the vessels. By giving LNG ships up to 30 per cent discount we can help make LNG an attractive alternative in the economic perspective too. This is something that particularly appeals to the ship owners and it also clearly demonstrates that we are at the cutting edge in this sphere.”
So far, the following shipping lines have received environmental discounts for vessels calling at the Port of Gothenburg: DFDS (six vessels), Euro Marine Logistics (one vessel), Hapag Lloyd (one vessel), Inter Terminals (seven vessels), Stena (three vessels), Tärntank (five vessels) and Wilson Euro Carriers (two vessels).
The Port of Gothenburg is the only port in Sweden with the capacity to receive the world’s largest container vessels and has the broadest range of shipping routes within and outside Europe. The 25 rail shuttles that depart each day mean that companies throughout Sweden and Norway have a direct, environmentally smart link to the largest port in the Nordic region. The Port of Gothenburg has terminals for oil, cars, ro-ro, containers and passengers.