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Ships that use LNG to receive a discount at Port of Tallinn harbours

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Starting in 2018, all ships that use LNG as their primary fuel can apply for a discount of 4% 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,” said the head of quality and environmental management department at the Port of Tallinn, Ellen Kaasik. “While currently cruise ships that sort their waste receive a discount on the waste fee, next year we will introduce a discount on port infrastructure fees for all ships that use LNG as their primary fuel.”

Kaasik said shipping companies worldwide, including in the Baltic Sea region, are introducing environmentally friendlier technologies, including replacing traditional diesel fuel with significantly cleaner LNG.

“LNG is 100% free of solid particles and sulfur. The nitrogen (NOx) and carbon (CO2) levels in gaseous emissions also drop significantly with the use of natural gas as marine fuel,” said the Port of Tallinn’s quality and environmental management department head.

The Port of Tallinn also supports other initiatives and investments aimed at adopting cleaner technologies in the shipping sector. Unlike many other EU ports, Port of Tallinn also provides incentives for ships that have invested in scrubbers for reducing sulphur compounds in emissions, and accepts the waste generated by scrubbers without charging additional fees.

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