With this discount, the Port of Aarhus will try to motivate the shipping companies calling at the port to become more sustainable. From 1 January, the Port of Aarhus will grant a discount to all ships that achieve at least 30 points in the ESI (Environmental Ship Index). The points relate to their emissions of CO2, SOx, NOx and their ability to receive shore power.
The decision to grant the discount is part of the Port of Aarhus’s sustainability strategy. As of 1 January, it will amount to 4.5% of ship dues.
Chief Commercial Officer, Nicolai Krøyer points out that, according to the terms of the National Harbour Act, the Port of Aarhus has a duty to receive any ships that wish to call into the harbour. That means that the Port of Aarhus has virtually no influence on which vessels call into port or on the vessels’ use of fuel. Nicolai Krøyer says: