Environmental Ship News

27 Sep 2019

Rosneft Starts Far East LSFO Bunkering

Image: Rosneft

RN Bunker, the bunkering subsidiary of Russia's Rosneft Oil Company, said it has begun to refuel ships with 0.5% sulfur limit marine fuel at the Far East region.The RMLS 40, a marine fuel that has advanced environmental properties, is in full compliance with the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).The first 200 tons of the new fuel was supplied to a bulk carrier in Nakhodka waters. Low-sulfur fuel is also used by the ships operating in…

23 Aug 2019

PIL Fleet Wins ESI Certification

Pic: Pacific International Lines

Singapore’s leading containership operator Pacific International Lines (PIL) has successfully attained Environmental Ship Index(ESI) certification for its fleet comprising of half a million TEUs.According to the shipping company, this is a major milestone for the Singaporean shipowner ahead of the transition towards the Global Sulfur Cap 2020 from 1 January next year.ESI certification is an on-going initiative by the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP) and it is a voluntary…

24 Jul 2019

Marseille Fos Accelerates Air Emissions Cuts

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Among a string of new eco-friendly initiatives, the Marseille Fos port authority is to spend $22 million over the next six years to extend shoreside electrical connections for berthed vessels to every ferry, cruiseship and repair quay within the Marseille eastern harbor.Already available on the Corsica ferry quays, the network will be expanded in two phases to cover North Africa ferry quays and the shiprepair hub by 2022 and the cruise terminal between 2022 and 2025. The zero…

29 Mar 2019

Quieter Shipping: Noise Exploration Program

Photo: Port of Rotterdam

Port of Rotterdam Authority said that NEPTUNES - a new quality mark - aims to offer ports the opportunity to reward quieter shipping.NEPTUNES is a project organisation of eleven ports established two years ago by the Port of Rotterdam Authority to reduce shipping noise, said a statement from the port.The IAPH Environmental Ship Index for sustainable shipping has also expressed an interest in this label, it added.NEPTUNES stands for Noise Exploration Program To Understand Noise Emitted by Seagoing Ships.

09 Dec 2018

Estonian Port Offers Discounts to Green Ships

Image: Port of Tallinn

Estonian port authority Tallinna Sadam (Port of Tallinn) announced that starting from next year the ships that have joined the Environmental Ship Index (ESI) can apply for discount on tonnage fees of up to 8%.The Baltic Sea port said in a press release that the new port pricing system involving differentiated port fees is aimed at encouraging shipping companies to adopt environmentally friendlier technologies and thus also contribute to the health of Baltic Sea ecosystem.The head…

23 Oct 2018

Zero carbon at sea? Rotterdam port eyes a greener future

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In Rotterdam, ships from around the world cruise in and out of Europe's busiest port, a bustling industrial hub that employs almost 200,000 people and produces 20 percent of the Netherlands' climate-changing gases.As Rotterdam tries to cut its emissions - in line with global goals to curb global warming - shipping emissions are a particular challenge, not least because many fall outside the targets set by the Paris Agreement to curb climate change.But the city's bustling port…

14 Aug 2018

Target Corporation Honors Yang Ming

Image: Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp.

Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. was named “Provider of the Year” on 18th July, 2018 by Target Corporation, the second-largest department store retailer and importer of containerized freight in the United States.Yang Ming was also accredited with the “Environmental Ship Index Award 2017” by Marseille Fos Port Authority, said a company statement.The “Provider of the Year” award distinguishes the provider who has demonstrated exceptional operational performance in cooperation with Target Corporation.Yang Ming achieved a score of 99.9% against stated performance goals.

01 Aug 2018

Port of Amsterdam Doubles Discount for Green Ships

Pic: Port of Amsterdam

Port of Amsterdam said the maximum Environmental Ship Index (ESI) discount is doubled for ships with ESI certificates and liquefied natural gas (LNG).For some years Port of Amsterdam has been giving discounts on port dues to vessels listed in the ESI that have attained an ESI score of 20 points or higher."As of 1 August, we will be increasing this incentive by adding another discount: Port of Amsterdam will be doubling the maximum ESI discount for vessels that are in the possession of an ESI certificate and use LNG for their main engine or auxiliary engine…

20 Dec 2017

Tallinn Port Annouces Discounts for LNG Ships

Image: Port of Tallinn

Starting in 2018, all ships that use liquefied natural gas (LNG) as their primary fuel can apply for a discount of four percent on tonnage fees when calling at harbours of the Port of Tallinn. The goal of the discount is to contribute to the adoption of environmentally friendlier technologies in the Baltic Sea shipping sector. “Similarly to other ports in the European Union and Norway, the Port of Tallinn has set a course toward environmentally differentiated port fees, with the aim of reducing the amount of air pollution and marine pollution from ships’ waste handling and gaseous emissions…

07 Dec 2017

Costa Group's New Gen Ships Will Call Marseille

During the ceremony of the opening of the new Dock 10 at Port de Marseille Fos, the Group signed the Protocol of ESI Implementation on Costa Group fleet. Photo: Port of Marseille

Costa Group – part of Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest cruise company – announced that its new generation ships, the first LNG powered at sea, will call Marseille in 2019. The Costa Group, the leading tourism group, the No. 1 cruiser in Europe has renovated its commitment to Port of Marseille through different initiatives that began in 1996 when the new cruise called “La Dolce Vita” started its weekly operations from Marseille to offer the French guests every Saturday a brand new and unique experience in the best places of the Mediterranean onboard its ship Costa Romantica.

04 Jul 2017

Environmental Ship Index to Evaluate CO2 Performance

Photo: Port of Antwerp

As of 1 July 2017, the Environmental Ship Index (ESI) started evaluating performance in the field of CO2, says a press release from Antwerp Port Authority. To date, only the environmental performance of ships on emissions of air pollution (NOx and SOx) were assessed. This makes the index the first sustainable quality mark in international shipping that includes the performance and, more particularly, the reduction in CO2 in its assessment. The index does this based on historical data already included in the index.

18 Jan 2017

Environmental Discount for More Vessels at Gothenburg

The Port wants to reward shipping companies for their green initiatives. Photo Gothenburg Port

Last year, one in three ships at the Port of Gothenburg received an environmental discount on the port charges. This represents an increase of 83 per cent on the previous year. Heading the discount list are Donsö-based shipping companies Tärntank Ship Management AB and Furetank AB, whose vessels are powered by liquefied natural gas. The Port of Gothenburg 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.

17 Dec 2016

Rotterdam Wants an Ambitious CO2 Reduction Plan from IMO

First fuel bunkering of a seaship. Rotterdam stimulates sustainable shipping and promotes LNG as fuel for shipping (Ries van Wendel de Joode) Photo Rotterdam Port

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is calling on the European Parliament to put pressure on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to produce an ambitious worldwide CO2 reduction plan for sea shipping. Given the recent plans, measures could only be expected by 2023 at the earliest. “Far too late. The plans are not challenging enough,” believes Allard Castelein. The CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority issued his call on the eve of the vote on revising the EU ETS directive, in the European Parliament’s Environmental Commission.

01 Nov 2016

Panama Canal launches Incentives for Cleaner Shipping

Photo Panama Canal Authority

Today, the Panama Canal launched the Environmental Premium Ranking, a new initiative that rewards customers who meet high environmental efficiency standards. The new incentive allows qualified customers the opportunity to improve their position within the Panama Canal’s Customer Ranking System, which is taken into consideration when booking for transit through the Panama Canal. This latest initiative is part of the Canal’s Green Connection Environmental Recognition Program, which…

09 Aug 2016

First Ship Bunkers LNG in Rotterdam

Ternsund is the first seagoing vessel to bunker LNG in Rotterdam (Photo: Terntank)

The bunkering of the Ternsund was initiated today in Rotterdam, marking the first seagoing vessel to bunker liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the port. As a result the brand new product tanker of the Swedish shipping company Terntank also receives the first Rotterdam 'LNG bunkering incentive’; a premium amounting to a discount of 10 percent on the seaport dues. On Sunday, the Ternsund arrived for the first time in Rotterdam to unload naphtha and gas oil at Vopak in the Botlek. Monday afternoon…

24 Jul 2016

Panama Canal Launches Green Award System

Photo: Panama Canal Authority.

The Panama Canal has launched the Green Connection Award, a new initiative to recognize customers who demonstrate excellent environmental stewardship, and to encourage others to implement technologies and standards to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Panama Canal customers that meet and exceed environmental standards set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and/or other globally recognized standards will be considered. The Panama Canal will evaluate eligible candidates based on specific environmental factors…

14 Jun 2016

Containership Outperforms Environmental Standards

MV Carl Schulte (Photo: BSM)

A state-of-the-art containership designed by the Schulte Group to meet the most stringent international environmental standards is already outperforming in terms of design and performance and attracting positive attention in the industry. The 5,400 TEU Carl Schulte, along with its two sister vessels, Christa Schulte and Clemens Schulte, has many environmental features as standard. Her owner Bernhard Schulte, together with her manager Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), succeeded…

29 Mar 2016

DNV GL ECO Insight: Incentive Provider for Enviro Ship Index

Image: DNV GL

DNV GL’s fleet performance management solution ECO Insight has become an incentive provider for the Environmental Ship Index (ESI), a voluntary system designed to improve the environmental performance of sea going vessels. DNV GL offers a 50 per cent discount on the subscription to its ECO Insight Environmental module. “We are very pleased that the ideas underlying ESI are getting greater recognition from the industry and attracting a broader range of incentive providers,” says Fer van de Laar, Director of the World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI).

30 Mar 2016

Future Marine Fuels: BioFuels in Focus

Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, GoodFuels Marine

It is predicted that biofuels will make up 5-10% of the global marine fuel mix by 2030 – meaning that biofuels will represent a crucial role in creating a low-emission future for shipping. In the wake of COP 21 and in advance of any subsequent IMO ruling on the environment, it may seem to many that the shipping industry is in limbo when it comes to improving its emissions footprint. On the contrary, ship owners and operators are increasingly looking for ways to ensure that both existing fleets and new builds maximize their business potential…

19 May 2015

Antwerp Port Gives Environmental Discount

map showing the SECA’s

As of 1 June 2015 the port of Antwerp will grant a discount to seagoing ships that use alternative technology to reduce emissions of particulates. The new discount comes on top of the existing ESI discount, which means that in some cases ships can benefit from a 30% reduction in the port dues that have to be paid whenever they call at Antwerp. With this additional environmental discount Antwerp Port Authority seeks to encourage investments in green technologies for more sustainable shipping, by supporting and rewarding these technology pioneers.

17 Oct 2015

Port Charges for Gothenburg Frozen

Port of Gothenburg has a strong, competitive freight hub with the largest range of liner services in Scandinavia

Gothenburg Port Authority has decided to leave the Port Tariff unchanged. As a result, the Port Tariff for 2016 will remain at the 2015 level. All ships calling at the Port of Gothenburg pay a port charge based on the ship's gross weight and classification. The port charge is used to finance, for example, fairway maintenance, traffic information systems and safety at the port…. Ships that demonstrate good environmental performance receive a discount on the port charge at the Port of Gothenburg.

10 Nov 2015

Tariffs Hiked at Rotterdam Port

Port Authority wants to encourage the market to ship a lot more transhipment cargo via Rotterdam

The tariffs which visiting sea-going vessels pay in Rotterdam will increase by 0.5% next year. That is half of the past year’s inflation rate. This is in accordance with the three-year agreement made last year between Deltalinqs, VRC, VNPI and the Port Authority on changes to the port tariffs. At the time, the parties agreed to allow an increase in tariffs equal to half of the inflation rate, with a maximum of 1% per annum, for a period of three years. In addition, the Port Authority applies a number of targeted measures to encourage specific sectors, such as container transhipment.

16 Dec 2015

New Incentive for Ships that Bunker LNG in Rotterdam

Photo: The port of Rotterdam

Rotterdam is introducing an additional incentive to bunker LNG, liquefied natural gas. The Port of Rotterdam Authority has reserved a total of EUR 1.5 million for this incentive. The scheme will apply until 2020. Up until this time, seagoing vessels that bunker LNG in Rotterdam can benefit from a 10% discount on gross seaport dues thanks to the new scheme. Allard Castelein – CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority – announced this on 15 December 2015 during the second day of the ‘LNG Masterplan final event’. LNG is the cleanest fossil fuel.

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