MPA Singapore issued two marine notices focusing on the environmental marine protection, highlighting the importance of LNG use and informing of two new programs, concerning port waivers and the extension of the Green Port program.
Accordingly, the Green Port Program is in line with Singapore’s Maritime Singapore Green Initiative (“MSGI”) to encourage environmental sustainability amongst ocean-going vessels calling at the Port of Singapore.
The improvements made to the program are:
(i)25% port dues reduction will apply to ocean-going vessels that
- Use LNG as a marine fuel in the Port of Singapore;
- Exceed current IMO’s Energy Efficiency Design Index (“EEDI”)requirements(new item)
ii)25% port dues reduction will no longer apply to ocean-going vessels that
- Use clean fuels with a sulphur content of ≤ 0.50% m/m;
- Use approved abatement/scrubber technology by which equivalent levels of sulphur oxide are achieved.
The enhancements to GPP will come into effect on 1 Jan2020, and the GPP will be extended till 31 Dec 2024.
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In addition, MPA Singapore reviewed two existent programs and decided to extend both of them by 5 more years, starting from 1 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2024.
Yet, MPA made amendments to the qualifying criteria on the concession scheme for GPP vessels calling the port of Singapore.
- 5-year waiver of craft port dues for LNG-fuelled harbour craft
- 10% port dues concession for Green Port Programme (GPP) vessels that engage LNG-fuelled harbour craft for port operations: This programme grants 10% port dues concession to Green Port Programme (GPP) registered vessels that are serviced by LNG-fuelled harbour craft during their port.
This is in addition to the 25% port dues concession that GPP-registered vessels receive during their stay in the Port of Singapore.
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