The Port of Helsinki offers a price incentive to reduce vessel emissions and noise

4.12.2017 09:23:03

The Port of Helsinki’s price list for 2018 has been published. A new element for next year will be the opportunity to apply for vessel charge discounts on the basis of reduced environmental impacts.

The discount is available to those who implement measures that reduce vessels’ environmental impacts: lowered air emissions, noise reduction while in the harbour, or other investments that improve environmental efficiency. Good results are a decisive factor.

– As we once again emphasise the importance of managing environmental impacts, we would like to thank our customers for good operations and offer them financial opportunities to develop their operations even further, explains Port of Helsinki Quality and Environmental Manager Aino Rantanen.

A liner traffic vessel can benefit from a maximum discount of 3% on its vessel fee, if it falls into one of the following categories:

  • low emissions (based on the vessel’s ESI-certificate score, for example)
  • the vessel’s output noise level while in the passenger harbour is below 105 dB (based on confirmed and measured output noise levels while docked)
  • the vessel has been the subject of investments or innovations that improve environmental efficiency, energy efficiency or noise abatement, for example (based on a report on the change with calculations/measurements of its impact).

The Port of Helsinki’s Price List 2018 and implementation guidelines concerning the environmental discount:

Vessels have had the option to discharge their wastewater at all Port of Helsinki quays for no additional fee since 2008. At the start of 2016 the Port of Helsinki also introduced a price incentive to attract international cruise ships to discharge wastewater at the Port. The incentive proved effective: in 2016 waste water was discharged into the Port’s systems at almost 90% of all cruise ship visits.

These positive experiences led the Port of Helsinki to expand its price incentives to reduce the environmental impacts of port and maritime operations.