Starting in 2018, all ships that use LNG as their primary fuel can apply for a discount of 4% on tonnage fees when calling at harbors of the Port of Tallinn in Estonia. The goal of the discount is to contribute to the adoption of environmentally friendlier technologies in the Baltic Sea shipping sector.
“Similarly to other ports in the European Union and Norway, the Port of Tallinn has set a course toward environmentally differentiated port fees, with the aim of reducing the amount of air pollution and marine pollution from ships’ waste handling and gaseous emissions,” said the head of quality and environmental management department at the Port of Tallinn, Ellen Kaasik.
Kaasik said shipping companies worldwide, including in the Baltic Sea region, are introducing environmentally friendlier technologies, including replacing traditional diesel fuel with significantly cleaner LNG. “LNG is 100% free of solid particles and sulfur. The NOx and CO2 levels in gaseous emissions also drop significantly with the use of natural gas as marine fuel,” he added.
The implementation of differentiated port fees in various EU ports and a study regarding the impacts is part of the Green Cruise Port project co-financed by the EU through the INTERREG BSR program, which unites ports and cruise tourism sector companies in the Baltic Sea and North Sea countries. The parties to the Green Cruise Port network are working on projects designed to integrate the Baltic Sea region into a better whole by way of innovative and sustainable solutions, taking into account the full potential of the cruise ship industry.
Source: Port of Tallinn