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.
In total, 75 vessels received a discount of 10 per cent on the port charges compared to 41 in 2015.
Edvard Molitor, Environmental Manager at Gothenburg Port Authority, said: “The growing number of vessels classified as green is highly encouraging. They are also vessels that call at the port on a regular basis.”
The discount is based on two separate environmental indexes, Environmental Ship Index and Clean Shipping Index (see fact file below). 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.
Gothenburg shipping companies operate using liquefied natural gas
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 per cent. There is also a substantial reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
In total, these vessels receive a 30 per cent discount each time they call. In 2016, two vessels received the maximum discount. These were Ternsund and Fure West, owned by Donsö-based shipping companies Tärntank Ship Management AB and Furetank AB.
“Swedish shipping companies are very much at the forefront when it comes to LNG, methanol, hybrid electric ships and other eco-smart solutions,” said Edvard Molitor.
Port rewards green initiatives
The current environmental discount was first introduced on January 1, 2015. Another similar environmental reward system was in place prior to that. The aim is for shipping companies to be encouraged to mitigate their environmental impact in a way that goes beyond laws and regulations.
“We want to reward the shipping companies for their green initiatives. For the average freight vessel, the environmental discount could result in savings of tens of thousands of kronor," explained Edvard Molitor.
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.
Shipping companies that receive an environmental discount:
Atlantic Container Line, APL, Amyntas, Baltic Front Shipping, Broström, Carl Buttner GmbH & Co, DFDS, Dong A Tanker, Euro Marine Carrier, Furetank, Glovis, Hapag Lloyd, Handytankers, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Maersk Line, Maersk Tanker, Mitsui OSK-Lines, Mediterranean Shipping Company, Norient Product Pool, Stena Line, SCF Management Services, Sirius Shipping, TUI Cruises, Tärntank Ship Management, TMS Tankers, Thun Tanker, Wallenius Lines, Wallenius Wilhemsen Logistics, Wilson Euro Carriers and Älvtank.
Fact file: Environmental Ship Index and Clean Shipping IndexClean
Shipping Index (CSI) is an environmental index where companies that purchase sea transport services can make an environmental assessment of the shipping companies. Account is taken of a number of factors that have an impact on the environment, including bottom coatings and antifouling agents, ballast water, fuel, lubrication oil, bilge water, coolants and waste. Vessels that are classified as green are of a good environmental standard. Environmental Ship Index (ESI) is an international index that aims to raise the environmental performance of vessels. Read more at www.environmentalshipindex.org and www.cleanshippingindex.com. 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 based on gross tonnage. An environmental discount is granted on condition that registration has taken place according to the stipulations for ESI or CSI.
Fact file: Port of Gothenburg
The Port of Gothenburg is the largest port in the Nordic region. 30 per cent of Swedish foreign trade passes through the Port of Gothenburg as well as 60 per cent of all container traffic.
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.