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EUKOR big winner Sustainable Top 25 Rotterdam

EUKOR is the most sustainable shipping company calling in Rotterdam in 2011. The South Korean shipping company specialised in vehicle transport – is represented with six car carriers in the ‘Sustainable Top 25’ of sea-going ships that arrived at the port of Rotterdam last year (see attachment). One of them is the ‘Morning Star’, the number one of the Top 25.

Tiedo Vellinga – manager Port of Rotterdam, specialist in sustainable shipping and professor at the Technical University of Delft – congratulated a delegation of EUKOR on Thursday February 9th at the ‘Morning Lena’ at Rotterdam Car Terminal in the port of Rotterdam: “The Port of Rotterdam Authority grants the Top 25 a five percent discount on the Rotterdam port dues they paid in 2011. I expect that Rotterdam will invest much more in sustainable shipping next year. Not only because shipping becomes more sustainable but also because the standard – the Environmental Ship Index – is considerably simplified and because the sulphur limit in the index is internationalized.”

Martin Malmfors – Director EUKOR Car Carriers: “EUKOR are both thrilled and proud to learn that six of our vessels have been placed among the top 25 environmental performers in Rotterdam during 2011. A key corner stone in EUKOR’s strategy is to deliver the highest class service to our customers with the minimal possible adverse effects on the environment. We therefore dillgently ensure that every EUKOR owned and controlled vessel adheres to the highest possible environmental standards – in most cases considerably higher than the current regulatory system requires. This recognition of the Port of Rotterdam confirms that our efforts have so far been well spent and also motivates us to conitue out environmental work to improve even further.”

In the first year of the ‘Sustainable Top 25’, the Port Authority rewarded ships with a total of € 53,000. The Port Authority expects to invest a considerably greater amount in sustainable shipping in 2012.

Environmental Ship Index
In 2010, the World Port Climate Initiative introduced the Environmental Ship Index (ESI) in London. The ESI was designed by the ports of Le Havre, Bremen, Hamburg, Antwerp, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The index shows how ships perform environmentally in their emissions of air pollution (NOx and SOx) and CO2. Ports and other nautical service providers all around the world can use the index to reward ships and thus stimulate sustainable behaviour in shipping. Currently there are eleven ports offering rewards in connection with the index. Apart from the initiators, they are Kiel, Oslo, Zeebrugge, Civitavecchia and Groningen.

Ships on this index perform better than the statutory standards. The Port of Rotterdam Authority paid ESI ships that scored 31 points or higher a bonus of around five percent of the port dues paid by those ships. In 2011 it was only the ‘Morning Carol’ in the first instance that was eligible for the Rotterdam discount.
The meagre score did not suit the policy of the Port Authority in its aim to stimulate sustainable shipping. The Port Authority therefore decided to award the incentive to the 25 highest scoring ships that called at the port of Rotterdam in 2011.

More attractive
The World Port Climate Initiative has now announced that the European sulphur limit of 0.1% for fuels has been replaced by the international limit of 0.5%. This means that more ships will be eligible for the discounts that sea ports have attached to the ESI. On an international level the index is now also more attractive for non-European ports. ESI has also made the system simpler: now there is only a distinction between diesel and fuel oil. Initially this was more complicated due to the distinction made between the waters where the ship was going to use the fuel: the coast, the ocean or the port. It is expected that many more ships will be eligible for the Rotterdam discount in 2012.