LNG-powered ships head green discount list at Port of Gothenburg
Last year, one in three ships at the Port of Gothenburg received an environmental discount on the port charges. This represents an increase of 83% on the previous year. Heading the discount list are Donsö-based shipping companies Terntank and Furetank, whose vessels are powered by LNG. The Port of Gothenburg rewards vessels that are environmental high performers. One in three vessels that called at the largest port in Scandinavia last year were classified as green according to the industry environmental indexes.
In total, 75 vessels received a discount of 10% on the port charges compared to 41 in 2015. Edvard Molitor, Environmental Manager at Gothenburg Port Authority, said: “The growing number of vessels classified as green is highly encouraging. They are also vessels that call at the port on a regular basis.”
An additional discount is available for vessels that run on LNG. In total, these vessels receive a 30% discount each time they call. In 2016, two vessels received the maximum discount. These were Ternsund and Fure West, owned by Tärntank Ship Management AB and Furetank AB. “Swedish shipping companies are very much at the forefront when it comes to LNG ships and other eco-smart solutions,” added Molitor.
The current environmental discount was first introduced on January 1, 2015. Another similar environmental reward system was in place prior to that. The aim is for shipping companies to be encouraged to mitigate their environmental impact in a way that goes beyond laws and regulations.