2017 Apr 27

Positive take up of ‘green’ discount

Sixty-six ships calling at terminals on the Thames qualified for the UK’s first port charge discount for cleaner ships in the first three months of 2017, including car carriers, container ships and tankers.

The discount was introduced by the Port of London Authority (PLA) on January 1, and is available to ships that exceed international emissions standards set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in a scoring scheme run by the World Ports Climate Initiative.

PLA’s Robin Mortimer said: “It’s great to see that we’ve already got some of the largest vessels calling in the port qualifying for the discount. It’s one way in which we can incentivise ship owners to invest in the latest environmental technologies.”

Alongside the discount, PLA is also looking at air quality on the river in central London as well as how to continuously improve the environmental performance of its operations.

Subsequently, PLA has commissioned a series of studies that will report over the next six months, assessing the scope for shore side power; air emissions for comparable road and river journeys; and an emissions inventory with Transport for London (TfL).

The research will be used to help shape the Thames’ first air quality strategy, to be published by PLA, TfL and the Greater London Authority by the end of 2017.


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