Busan announces ESI discount


• Busan port announces implementation of ESI rewards – the first of its kind in the North Eastern Asian market.

Korea’s Busan Port Authority (BPA) has announced the successful implementation of an ESI rewards scheme to promote environmental friendly performance.

The scheme was commissioned by Busan Port Authority on January 2014.

The Environmental Ship Index (ESI), which was first introduced in January 2011, promotes the use of eco-friendly fuels and modifications to vessels via a rewards scheme.

Ports including Antwerp, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Oslo, Kiel, Bremen and the ports of Los Angeles and New York/New Jersey have all been operating under ESI schemes, however the decision to do so at the port of Busan is the first of it’s kind in the North Eastern Asian market.

The ESI is a scale that measures emissions from ships, based on the amounts of nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulphur (SOx), particulate matter (PM) and carbon dioxide (CO2).

Vessels that score 31 points or higher will be able to receive a 15 percent discount on port dues while staying at the port of Busan.

All vessels registered to the scheme will be immediately listed in the Busan Port Management Information System (PORTMIS) so that they can benefit from the deal.

Busan port authority has announced that they plan to continue introducing policies to promote environmentally friendly shipping.

The port has converted all Rubber Tyre Gantry Cranes to run off of electricity and an Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) conduit has already been installed.

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