In an effort to speed up the transition to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and improve the environment, the Port of Gothenburg, Sweden, plans to re-work its port charge, offering a 30% discount for ships that convert to LNG.
The reward system is based on two environmental indexes: the environmental ship index (ESI) and the clean shipping index (CSI).
Edvard Molitor said: “We have chosen ESI as it is the largest international index. Our customers have requested that we use the same system that is used internationally.”
Edvard Molitor continued: “Everyone is agreed that the transition will take place sooner or later but we wanted to take the first step and speed up the process.”
The port charge will come into effect from January 1, 2015; and the discount will apply up to and including December 2018.
According to a company press release, the reason for introducing the new port charge from 2015 is due to new EU sulphur regulations coming into force that same year.