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Port of Gothenburg’s port charge will reward LNG vessels

LNG Industry,

The Port of Gothenburg will rework its port charge with effect from January 1, 2015. The aim is to contribute to a better environment by rewarding vessels that demonstrate a high level of environmental performance and which use LNG as a marine fuel.

The reward system is based on two environmental indexes: Environmental Ship Index (ESI) and Clean Shipping Index (CSI).

International standards

"We have chosen ESI has it is the largest international index. Our customers have requested that we use the same system that is used internationally," Edvard Molitor explained.

The new port charge will be introduced in line with new EU sulfur regulations coming into force from 2015. To encourage shipping companies to use LNG as a marine fuel, an extra discount will be introduced, 30% of the port charge, for ships that readjust. The discount will apply up to and including December 2018.

Transition to LNG

Molitor continued: "It is our hope that this will contribute to a more rapid transition to LNG. Everyone is agreed that the transition will take place sooner or later but we wanted to take the first step and speed up the process.

"A large number [of ports] are looking at similar solutions and our decision to offer an LNG discount has attracted a great deal of attention. We are very pleased to be leading the way."

From 1 January 2015, existing sulfur charges will cease along with the Port of Gothenburg environmental campaign for cleaner fuel, which has been running since 2009.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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