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Rotterdam port to widen green shipping discount from 2019

Rotterdam port will widen its Green Award discount starting 2019 to encourage safe and green shipping in the liquid bulk segment, the Port of Rotterdam Authority announced.

From 2019 onwards, certified chemical tankers and sea-going vessels with a cargo capacity of less than 20,000 dwt may also make use of the scheme. At present, the scheme applies to vessels with capacity of 20,000 dwt and above.

The Green Award is a certificate issued to vessels and shipping companies that have made investments to improve their environmental performance. The Port of Rotterdam Authority rewards vessels that have a Green Award certificate with discounts on port dues.

The port authority is also making the port dues process more customer-friendly for shipping lines. The billing process will be more complete, quicker and more transparent. The changes to the billing of seaport, buoy and dolphin dues, together with waste charges, will be implemented first.

“In addition, in 2019 we shall launch the modernisation of our inland shipping system to increase the ease of use,” Port of Rotterdam Authority stated.

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Meanwhile, Rotterdam port tariffs are set to increase by 1% in 2019 in order to increase the port’s competitive position among the surrounding seaports.

The port authority pointed out that it will adopt specific measures, such as transhipment discounts for containers, to strengthen Rotterdam's position as a container hub and the port tariffs for tankers carrying crude oil will be set at 1.5% below the general increase.

“This means the difference between port tariffs for sea-going vessels carrying mineral oil products will be further reduced compared to those charged by surrounding seaports. The inland shipping dues will rise by 1% per year for the next three years,” it said.

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