The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has announced that 12 shipping lines and 448 vessels have enrolled in its Clean Vessel Incentive program since it launched on Jan. 1, 2013.
The CVI program, which is part of the Port of New York and New Jersey’s Clean Air Strategy, encourages vessel operators to send their cleanest ships to the port authority’s facilities by providing financial incentives to vessels that achieve high scores on the World Port Climate Initiative Environmental Ship Index. Vessels can also earn additional incentives per ship call if they participate in vessel speed reduction and have either Tier II or Tier III engines.
In the first quarter of 2013, 128 vessels from 11 ocean carriers made 419 qualifying vessel arrivals and departures, earning $307,500 total in financial incentives. Maersk Line was the top earner with 58 qualifying vessel calls, while Mediterranean Shipping Co. had the cleanest vessel with an ESI score of 43.1.
“Our shippers continue to offer remarkably competitive transit times,” said Sharon Heller, CVI program manager for PANYNJ, in a written statement. “The CVI program is our way of helping them to enhance their logistics supply chain with green shipping methods, while also attracting the cleanest ships to call on the Port of New York and New Jersey.”
Shipping lines participating in the program include APL, Great American Lines, Hamburg Süd, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai, “K” Line; Maersk Line, MOL, MSC, NYK Line, Yang Ming and Zim Integrated Shipping Services.