Bremen introduced an environmental component as port of its tonnage charges with effect from 01.01.2012. The environmental incentive is calculated on the basis of the ESI (Environmental Ship Index), which is intended as an international standard for the comparison of ship emissions. As from now, shipowners and shipping companies can have their ships rated according to the ESI on a voluntary basis. At the moment, this is free of charge. To do so, they have to enter the relevant data for their ships at www.environmentalshipindex.org. On the basis of that data, the ships then receive a certificate which serves as the basis for the environment-based discount on the tonnage charges payable.
The objective is for ships with particularly low emission values to pay lower tonnage charges than vessels which have a stronger impact on the environment. The ESI establishes which ships have better emission values than the reference values for nitrogen oxide and sulphur oxide specified by the IMO (International Maritime Organisation). The classification level (ESI score) is determined according to the values established for the individual vessel.
Bremen is introducing the following regulation (Extract [HgebO]):
1. ESI discount (Environmental Ship Index)
A total of 25 ships with the best ESI score ≥ 40 will receive a discount of 15 per cent per port call per quarter, up to a maximum of 4500 euros.
The discount will be granted at the end of the year. Applications must be submitted by the party li-able for payment of the charges. The figures will be verified by bremenports. If an LNG discount is granted, no ESI discount will be granted.
2. LNG Discount
Vehicles powered solely by LNG or methanol and which have an ESI SOx score of >98 will re-ceive a discount of 20 per cent per port call, up to a maximum of 6000 euros.
The discount will be granted at the end of the year. Applications must be submitted by the party li-able for payment of the charges. The figures will be verified by bremenports. If an ESI Discount is granted, no LNG discount will be granted.
The discount will be granted at the end of the year on submission of proof, which will be verified by bremenports.