The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) is introducing a new environmental component into its fee rating system. The new fees are based on International Air Pollution Prevention (IAPP) certificates.
“There will be surcharges on the basic price when a vessel cannot present such an IAPP certificate or when emission levels are comparably poor. At the same time, there will be discounts when a vessel is rated as very clean based on the IAPP certificate,” explained HPA.
Tino Klemm, CFO at the port authority, explained: “Our tariff and environmental policy sends a clear signal to the citizens of Hamburg, the shipping companies, and port industries. We aim to sustainably contribute to the air pollution control and ensure that Hamburg remains attractive as a port of call.”
The issue of ports handing out green incentives to ships calling has been in the news this month with Splash reporting on the OECD submitting a proposal to the IMO for its intersessional working group on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipping, suggesting port-based incentives can play a larger role, if existing schemes are upscaled, harmonised and become less voluntary and more mandatory in nature.