Japan demonstrates its green commitment
The Port of Yokohama has joined the Green Award Scheme in a bid to continually improve environmental protection and safety at the port.
Yokohama takes a pro-active approach to safety and environment and been actively tackling environmental and safety issues for years. In order to place more on air quality measures, Yokohama said it will also partner in the ESI programme.
"By participating in the programme, we hope it will result in improving the port safety and environment even further," said Fumiko Hayashi, Mayor of the city of Yokohama.
She pointed out that the Port of Yokohama is strategically one of the most important ports in Japan that handles various ship types including container carriers, pure car carriers, cruise ships and liquid and dry bulk ships.
The largest two import cargoes are LNG followed by petroleum, which together account for one third of the throughput.
To this end, the port and the City of Yokohama have participated in research on implementation of facilities for LNG-fuelled vessels together with the Japanese ministry, MLIT.
The port joining the scheme will mean that Green Award certified ocean going vessels will in future be entitled to a discount of 15% on entrance fee of port dues.
Jan Fransen, executive director of the Green Award Scheme, said: “Yokohama’s sustainable approach and participation in the Green Award scheme will help mitigate negative effects of shipping in the whole area.”
Ports and companies in over 20 countries support the Green Award Scheme which helps to promote sustainable shipping.
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