The incentive aligns with international approaches. Similar incentives exist at 53 ports globally, including the Port of Rotterdam, the Port of Los Angeles, and the Port of New York and New Jersey.

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NSW Ports CEO Marika Calfas stated:

The environmental incentive will be applied to vessels that perform better in reducing their emissions than the levels required by current emission standards of the IMO. The incentive takes the form of a discount on vessel related charges levied by NSW Ports on vessels that call at our ports of Port Botany and Port Kembla. The introduction of this environmental incentive is aligned with Australia’s commitment towards international climate change initiatives.

The incentives will apply to vessels registered with the Environmental Ship Index (ESI). The ESI gives a numerical representation of the environmental performance of ships regarding air pollutants. It includes ships that perform above current IMO international legislation on emission standards.

The ESI is part of the World Ports Sustainability Program. ESI evaluates the amount of NOx and SOx that a ship emits and includes a reporting scheme on the GHG emissions of the vessel.