December 4-11, 2006

Vancouver Port Authority to levy lower fees on cleaner-fuel ships

VANCOUVER, BC-Ships calling at the Port of Vancouver will soon pay lower fees if they burn cleaner fuel, Captain Gordon Houston, president and CEO of the Vancouver Port Authority, told the Vancouver Board of Trade recently. Effective April 1, 2007, ships that burn cleaner fuel will pay less when they enter the port than those that are merely meeting regulations. In some sectors, such as the cruise industry, this is likely to result in reduced fees, while in the container, bulk and breakbulk sectors, fees will increase unless efforts are made to burn cleaner fuels. Captain Houston said the revised fees are only one of a number of initiatives being planned to ensure that the port grows in a sustainable manner. "We are committed to growing this port in a way that safeguards our air, land and water, while also providing unprecedented economic opportunity for our citizens," he said. Other initiatives underway at the port include supporting an International Maritime Organization (IMO) sulfur emission control area for North America, a step that would cut sulphur emissions from ships by 50%; adopting third-party environmental audits of operations; working toward 24/7 transportation of goods to relieve traffic congestion during peak use times; and enforcing a "no idling" policy on port lands to reduce emissions from trucks lined up to load or deliver goods. "Our Integrated Air Emissions Reduction Program is designed to reduce air emissions from all sources relating to the Port of Vancouver, including ships, terminal equipment, trucks, and rail," Captain Houston said. The Port of Vancouver trades more than $43 billion in goods with more than 90 trading economies annually. More information is available from Anne McMullin at the VPA, 604/665-9069, FAX 604/665-9073, E-mail anne.mcmullin@portvancouver.com.

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