European Ports Launch Emissions Scheme

The World Ports Climate Initiative recently announced plans by the ports of Antwerp, Amsterdam, Bremen, Hamburg, Le Havre and Rotterdam to introduce the Environmental Ship Index (ESI), a system that rates ships’ environmental performance while in port.

The voluntary scheme is designed to encourage operators to hasten the introduction of emission reduction programmes, with some terminals pledging to reduce charges for cleaner vessels from January next year. The Dutch ports of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Moerdijk and Dordrecht will reduce fees for vessels that successfully meet ESI standards.

Cuts in nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulphur oxide (SOx) and particulate matter – adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2008 – came into effect in July this year, although reductions will not be fully implemented before 2020.