PRINCE RUPERT, BC-- The Prince Rupert Port Authority launched an environmental stewardship program in July to reward shippers for their commitment to sustainable practices.
PRPA's Environmental Incentive Program for Vessels (EIPV) offers discounted harbour dues to commercial vessels that implement emission reduction measures or other environmental practices. The EIPV considers environmental certification, fuel quality, technological implementation and management practices. Visiting ships can apply to qualify for one of three tier levels based on environmental performance, which enable that vessel to receive discounted habour rates of up to 50% less than the regular rate.
"By offering financial incentives to shippers making a conscious effort to become more environmentally sensitive, we can motivate commercial vessel traffic to adopt more sustainable shipping practices," said Don Krusel, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority in a release.
"This program is an example of the innovative policies and procedures that are helping preserve the ecological integrity of our harbour -- and which contribute to a greener industry," said Krusel.
For the duration of 2013, the Port Authority's EIPV will use the Environmental Ship Index (ESI) as the method to qualify for discounts. The ESI identifies seagoing ships whose emissions are below those required by the standards of the International Maritime Organization, providing a general indication of the world's cleaner ships. In 2014 the EIPV will be broadened to include additional qualification criteria.
The Port of Prince Rupert's namesake vessel, the COSCO Prince Rupert, became the first ship to take advantage of the EIPV when it called on Fairview Terminal on July 3.
"Over the years COSCO has endeavored to provide a green service, and we are proud of the environmental performance of our vessels and our partners like the Port of Prince Rupert," said David Bedwell, Executive Vice-President for COSCO Canada Inc. "Through this program the Port Authority recognizes the steps we are taking to reduce our environmental footprint, building a more environmentally-sensitive supply chain."