Hamburg port dishes out more green incentives

Hamburg port dishes out more green incentives

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.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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