Port of London Authority implemented discount on port taxes for vessels with emission levels of 30 and above according to Environmental Shipping Index (ESI). With the new discounts, the port is trying to stimulate the shipowners to improve their vessels and recognize them for their environmental performance. Port of London and UK authorities stimulate the green shipping technologies and aims to reduce the port’s operations environmental impact to the nature and lifestyle in the area. The Environmental Shipping Index considers factors, such as emissions of nitrogen oxide, carbon dioxide and sulfur oxide in order to rank ships environmental performance and identify vessels that exceed current IMO standards.
“As Custodians of the tidal Thames, introducing this discount is one of the first things we are doing to recognise the uptake of new and green technologies”, said the head of Port of London Authority, Christopher Rodrigues. “Our overall goal, set through the Thames Vision project, is to reduce the port’s environmental impact and this initiative is the start of that journey”, added he.
Developed over the last 18 months, the Thames Vision sets out a plan for the river’s development over the next 20 years. It identifies potential for increased river use, alongside progressively improved environmental and habitat conditions.
“The shipping industry is committed to leading the way on improvements in environmental performance and as such we wholeheartedly welcome the Port of London Authority’s approach to rewarding those investing to increase their fleet efficiency and lower their emissions impact”, said the director of policy in UK Chamber of Shipping, David Balston.
The Port of London is the country’s second biggest port, with 70 terminals. More than 10,000 large commercial ships call on the Thames every year, carrying in excess of 45 million tonnes of cargo destined for consumers and manufacturers in the south east and across the UK.