Four major Dutch ports, Amsterdam, Moerdijk, Dordrecht and Rotterdam, announced Tuesday they will reward clean ocean-going vessels that score well under a new environmental index with discounts on their port dues.
The Dutch ports' move is part of the World Ports Climate Initiative, a coalition of 55 global ports under the auspices of the International Association of Ports and Harbors that will introduce on Jan. 1, 2011, the Environmental Ship Index, an international standard for calculating emissions by ships.
The Netherlands is the seventh largest market for U.S. exports on the JOC list of Top 10 U.S. Trading Partners in 2009.
Ports and other nautical service providers will be able to use the index to reward clean ships, and so contribute to encouraging sustainability in the shipping industry.
Participation by ship-owners is voluntary. They can calculate the emissions of their vessels on the newly constructed Web site www.environmentalshipindex.org.
Participating vessels will receive a certificate that may form the basis of a reward system employed by ports and other nautical service providers, discounting port dues, rates and the like.
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