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Sohar Industrial Port to promote clean shipping through 'reward scheme'
Times News Service
October 09, 2013 , 9 : 04 pm GST
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A view of a berth in Sohar Industrial Port. Photo - PortofSohar.com
The world's key ports, acknowledging their unique capacity as key hubs in global supply chains, work together in the World Port Climate Initiative (WPCI) commitment to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions while continuing their role as transportation and economic centres.
One of the projects within the WPCI is the Environmental Ship Index (ESI). The Environmental Ship Index (ESI) identifies seagoing ships that perform better in reducing air emissions than required by the current emission standards of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
The ESI evaluates the amount of nitrogen oxide (NOX), sulphur oxide (SOX) and particulate matter (PM) that is released by a ship and includes a reporting scheme on the greenhouse gas emission of the ship. The ESI is a good indication of the environmental performance of ocean going vessels and identifies cleaner ships in a general way.
Worldwide there are around 1,700 ships with a valid ESI score: the cleaner the ship the higher the score. The index is intended to be used by ports to reward ships when they participate in the ESI and will promote clean ships, but can also be used by shippers and ship owners.
To promote good environmental performance in maritime industries and to adopt international best practices, Sohar Industrial Port Company set up a reward scheme as an incentive for clean ships which calls at Port of Sohar. The reward scheme consists of a rebate on the port dues which will be offered to ESI Participating ships. Details of the reward scheme will be published on
Port of Sohar is the first port in the Middle East that has introduced a reward scheme for clean ships.
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