Dutch ports to reward clean ships

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Four Dutch ports are going to reward environmentally friendly ships from next year onwards. The ports of Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Moerdijk and Dordrecht will be asking less in charges from vessels which score well on the new Environmental Ship Index.

The ESI measures how much nitrogen oxide, sulphur oxide, and other emissions, including greenhouse gas, a ship is responsible for. Vessels are graded from one to 100, with 100 representing a ship with no toxic emissions.

The cleaner the ship, the lower the port charges it will have to pay. However, Dutch port officials are unwilling to specify figures. The aim of the sliding-scale of Dutch charges is to clean up the air around the main harbours in the Netherlands.

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