Thursday, September 7, 2017

Clean Operators to Reap Rewards

By Karen Robes Meeks

Vessel operators who surpass the regulatory standard for curbing ship pollution will reap greater rewards for it, thanks for new Environmental Ship Index formula that went into effect July 1.

Usually operators get points on a per call basis from a port that provides ESI incentives, such as the Port of Los Angeles, and earn points for reducing pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides.

The new formula allows operators who enter carbon dioxide data and improve upon the baseline years to rack up even more points as early as this month.

“This voluntary program encourages operators to bring their newest and cleanest ships to participating ESI ports and demonstrate new technology that accelerates clean air progress,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “ESI has already played a significant role in tackling vessel emissions here in Los Angeles, and its benefits multiply worldwide as the program grows in scope and membership.”

At the Port of Los Angeles, ships with 50 points or more earns $2,500 per call, while vessels in the 40- to 49-point bracket receive $750. Those with Tier III engines are eligible for a $5,000 incentive per call, while ships taking part in a sanctioned Technology Advancement Program demonstration project can get $750 per call.