Port of Québec adopts GHG emissions analysis for ships

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

The Port of Québec will be measuring the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of ships entering its waters in order to offer discounts for low emitters.

The port will be using an assessment tool from RightShip to measure ships’ emissions. It assesses the relative efficiency of vessels and compares a ship’s CO2 emissions relative to peer vessels of a similar size and type.

The Port of Québec is measuring emissions as part of its EcoCargo initiative. EcoCargo offers fee reduction incentives using RightShip data, or through a ship owner’s level of achievement within the Green Marine environmental certification program.

The port expects the initiative to help reduce potentially harmful effects on local populations and environment, ultimately creating a safer landscape with improved air quality.

“Environmental management is more than just an obligation for us: it’s a civic responsibility and business priority as well. It is our profound conviction that the long-term development of the maritime industry is directly linked to the way ports and other industry actors prioritize innovative environmental measures as they conduct business,” said Port of Québec CEO Mario Girard.

“That’s why we want to encourage others to think the way we do, with discounts applied to harbour dues for those committing to think sustainably.”

Different RightShip GHG ratings earn different discounts for ship owners, beginning with a 30 percent discount for an A rating, 20 percent for a B rating, and 10 percent for a C rating. The approach allows ship owners to save on fees, while also reducing the port’s and vessels’ carbon footprint, Girard said.

While government incentives are key for decarbonization, ports and terminals also shoulder the responsibility of making zero-harm shipping cost-effective, in an industry which can often see a lag between innovation and uptake due to long lead times on vessel upgrades and retrofits,” said Tam Pham, senior sustainability advisor at RightShip

“We’re confident that we can work with partners across the globe to increase the number of ports using schemes like this one. From South America to Africa to Asia, it is clear ports are taking decarbonization seriously through this and other green schemes – it’s our role to make their ideas measurable and documented.”

RightShip is working to launch similar programs across South America and the Asia-Pacific region