Gothenburg works on fairer green discounts

ship-to-ship bunkering A ship-to-ship bunkering of LNG is carried out in the port of Gothenburg between 'Coralius' and 'Ternsund'. Credit: Gothenburg Port Authority.
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The Port of Gothenburg’s is bringing its LNG dues reduction into line with its general environmental discount so all environmentally-friendly ships are rewarded fairly.

In 2019, the LNG discount will be 20% as previously, before being phased out during 2020 with a reduction to 10%. However, during the phase-out period the port authority will focus on developing the regular indexed environmental discount of 10%, which takes greater account of the vessels’ environmental impact rather than the technology or the fuel used to run the vessel.

Edvard Molitor, environmental manager at Gothenburg Port Authority, said: “We will of course continue to support vessels that offer a good environmental profile, but we won’t make any distinction in the discount between vessels that produce the same environmental outcomes.

“As the environmental effects of LNG operation continue to be good, these will also be incorporated into our future environmental control system.”

LNG impact

135 LNG calls have been made at the port so far in 2018, compared to 111 in 2017, 16 in 2016 and 0 in 2015, the year the LNG discount was first introduced.

Use of LNG began to gather momentum at the Port of Gothenburg in the second half of 2016. Prior to that, shipping companies were sceptical about investing as there was no means of bunkering LNG at the port. At the same time, the bunkering companies were unwilling to supply LNG without a customer base.

Several major LNG investments have been made since then, including initiatives by several Swedish shipping companies. This has resulted in reduced emissions of sulphur dioxide, particles and nitric oxide.

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