The Halifax Port Authority (HPA) joined the World Port Climate Initiative (WPCI) as an Incentive Provider with the International Association of Ports and Harbours’ (IAPH) Environmental Ship Index (ESI) on 1 April, in another action to reduce vessel emissions.
The authority of the Canadian port is now offering incentives to container and RoRo vessels that voluntarily register and meet ESI’s requirements in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The ESI formula evaluates the amount of nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulphur oxide (SOx) and carbon dioxide (COշ) emitted by a vessel. ESI scores indicate a ship’s compliance with emission standards. Scores range from 0 to 100, where a score of 100 indicates close to zero exhaust emissions. The index assists in identifying ships that proactively go beyond the emission standards required by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
The HPA will administer, and rebate annually, an ESI Harbour Dues Incentive of CA$500 (US$400) for vessels with an ESI-assigned Index score between 20 and 49.99, and CA$1,000 (US$800) for vessels with an ESI-assigned Index score of 50 or higher per port call.
“As part of our commitment to sustainability, we continue to seek the cooperation of visiting vessels to address their emissions. Halifax became the fifth North American port to align itself with the ESI initiative,” commented the Canadian port in a statement.