Inland navigation vessels with a zero-emission propulsion system receive a 20% discount on the inland harbour dues for the Amsterdam and Zaanstad port waters. This discount is granted to inland navigation vessels with a Green Award Platinum label. Amsterdam and Zaanstad are the first Dutch ports to reward this new label of the Green Award certification scheme. The new regulation entered into effect on 1 January 2018.
Green Award, a certification scheme for inland navigation and sea-going vessels, introduced its Platinum label for zero-emission vessels in mid-December. Green Award certifies vessels with a better environmental performance than the minimum statutory requirements.
The Port of Amsterdam became an Incentive Provider for the certification scheme in 2015, which at the time encompassed Bronze, Silver and Gold labels. Vessels receive a discount of between five percent (Bronze label) and fifteen percent (Gold label). Green Award has now supplemented these with the Platinum label.
Marleen van de Kerkhof, Harbour Master of the Port of Amsterdam, is enthusiastic about this new label. 'We launched our vision on Clean Shipping on 1 November. Our objective is to promote the introduction of cleaner vessels. The new Platinum label is completely in line with our vision. We expect to welcome the first inland navigation vessel with a zero-emission propulsion system during the course of the next year.'
Zero-emission propulsion systems contribute to more sustainable shipping. Vessels with electrical propulsion systems that are powered by batteries or fuel cells, such as hydrogen, do not emit CO2, SOx, NOx or PM - and contribute to the reduction of air pollution levels.
Marleen van de Kerkhof: 'I hope that other ports will soon join us in supporting this important initiative. We are all striving for cleaner and more sophisticated vessels. This includes Smart Shipping. Our joint efforts will result in the achievement of future-proof shipping.'
With a population of more than 150,000, Zaanstad is the fifteenth-largest city in the Netherlands. Although part of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA), it has its own distinct character. Combining heavy industry with a revitalised city centre, leafy green outskirts and unique industrial heritage, Zaanstad is one of the most diverse cities in the Netherlands.
Port of Amsterdam is Western Europe's fourth largest port and plays a major role in the transhipment and processing of energy products. The North Sea Canal Area transhipped approximately 96.5 million tonnes of goods in 2016, with Port of Amsterdam accounting for approximately 79 million tonnes of this amount.
Source and top image: Port of Amsterdam