April 9-16, 2007

Vancouver Port Authority brings emission-friendly rate program into effect

The Vancouver Port Authority (VPA)'s new harbour dues program, which came into effect on April 1, 2007, is designed to recognize and acknowledge vessels that are working to reduce the air emissions they discharge into the lower Fraser valley airshed. The new schedule bases rates on the air emission standard of the vessel entering the port.

"Our new harbour dues program is designed to promote attainable emissions reduction goals for all vessels," said Darrell Desjardin, the VPA's director of environmental programs.

The differentiated rates--Basic, Bronze, Silver and Gold--are designed to provide a wide variety of technology and fuel options to vessels in order to promote and build awareness around a number of alternative emission reduction practices. The Gold air emission standard is at a level that will be attained by leading edge vessels, while the Bronze standard is designed to be achievable by many vessels that currently call in the port of Vancouver.

"Reducing port-related emissions, including those from marine vessels, forms a key component of meeting our commitment to sustainable port operations," said VPA president and CEO Gordon Houston.

Under the new program, the VPA hopes to encourage superior environmental practices such as the recent announcement by Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) that all container vessels in its Pacific Northwest service, including those calling at Vancouver, will use low sulfur fuel in auxiliary machinery while the vessels are docked. K Line is even going beyond the harbour dues program by making this commitment year round at both the port of Vancouver and the port of Tacoma (Washington).

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