EU ports to cut fees for low-emission ships

A group of European ports will offer reduced fees for ships with lower pollutant emissions from next year.

The discounts will apply for ships arriving at the Dutch ports of Amsterdam, Moerdijk, Dordrecht and Rotterdam from 1 January. The ports of Antwerp in Belgium, Hamburg and Bremen in Germany and Le Havre in France intend to follow suit later in the year.

The ports will base charges for visiting vessels partly on emissions performance under a new, voluntary assessment scheme, the Environmental Ship Index (ESI). This was launched on Tuesday by the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH), which hopes to see it used across the world.

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