International Collaboration on Ship Emission Reductions (ICSER)

Introduction

Incentive programs are a way of promoting voluntary environmental performance in marine shipping. Incentives are offered at ports around the world to marine carriers that go beyond regulatory requirements to improve their environmental performance through for example, reducing ship emissions, or reducing under water noise that impacts marine mammals.

Environmental infrastructure, like shore power for example is available at more and more ports around the world and offers an opportunity to reduce impacts on a local, regional and global scale.

We’re a group of ports, government agencies and non-governmental organizations working collaboratively to make it easier to learn about, use and administer ship incentive programs. We want to promote an increase in voluntary environmental performance in marine shipping over and above what is offered currently by incentive programs. We also want to help marine carriers take better advantage of environmental infrastructure.

Current situation

Today, over 50 ports around the world offer incentives for ships that go beyond regulatory requirements to improve their environmental performance – this is great, but, marine carriers are faced with an expanding array of incentive opportunities that are becoming challenging to navigate. It’s increasingly difficult for marine carriers and their local agents to understand the detailed requirements and application processes needed to obtain each incentive. It’s also challenging for ports to administer these programs efficiently, and there may be missed opportunities where related industry stakeholders who could add value to this process are currently not part of it.


What are we doing?

Because of this growing complexity, we’re advocating for greater international collaboration among ports and industry to make it easier to learn about, use and administer ship incentive programs. We are engaging marine carriers, ports and other stakeholders around the world to hear their views on the topic and to obtain input on the concept of creating a web resource to support ship incentive programs.

To date, discussions with stakeholders have led us towards the concept of a joint web-based aggregation platform, which could act as a one-window portal for marine carriers, ports and other industry representatives.

As we undertake a more fulsome engagement, we expect to refine what the potential solution may look like.

We’ve heard that it is important the proposed web resource doesn’t try to replace existing incentive programs – it needs to support existing programs. The approach needs to support voluntary actions, enabling ports to determine what incentives to offer, if any, and how to offer them. The approach needs to help by reducing complexity and administrative burden for users, and needs to consider any possible data security issues. The website may also be helpful in sharing information on environmental infrastructure, what is available and where.


The following outlines specific aspects the web-based portal may include:

1. Marketing and communications platform

  • To jointly promote port incentive programs and environmental infrastructure around the globe in one easy-to-access location.

2. Incentive calculator

  • To allow shipping lines to enter a route and high level environmental data (e.g. final scores in third party rating systems, engine tier) and easily assess potential cumulative incentives available across all ports on a route by vessel.

3. Incentive application portal

  • Allow ports to access information entered centrally by shipping lines, to simplify and even automate the application and administration process for discounts.

4. Data management system

  • Tools to facilitate coordination and management of multiple data sets related to ship ratings and incentive programs.


Where are we in the process?

We are currently in the first phase of this initiative, which focuses on broad stakeholder engagement to validate and refine the potential path forward. The project partners have retained Eastern Research Group to support this engagement phase.

Pending a positive outcome of the initial engagement phase, we would look to initiate a second phase later in 2019, focused on development of a business case including financial and operational models, software design and mock up and an implementation plan.


Timelines

Please contact Christine Rigby, Environmental Specialist - Air Emissions, with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority at Christine.Rigby@portvancouver.com or 604-665-9237 for more information.

Introduction

Incentive programs are a way of promoting voluntary environmental performance in marine shipping. Incentives are offered at ports around the world to marine carriers that go beyond regulatory requirements to improve their environmental performance through for example, reducing ship emissions, or reducing under water noise that impacts marine mammals.

Environmental infrastructure, like shore power for example is available at more and more ports around the world and offers an opportunity to reduce impacts on a local, regional and global scale.

We’re a group of ports, government agencies and non-governmental organizations working collaboratively to make it easier to learn about, use and administer ship incentive programs. We want to promote an increase in voluntary environmental performance in marine shipping over and above what is offered currently by incentive programs. We also want to help marine carriers take better advantage of environmental infrastructure.

Current situation

Today, over 50 ports around the world offer incentives for ships that go beyond regulatory requirements to improve their environmental performance – this is great, but, marine carriers are faced with an expanding array of incentive opportunities that are becoming challenging to navigate. It’s increasingly difficult for marine carriers and their local agents to understand the detailed requirements and application processes needed to obtain each incentive. It’s also challenging for ports to administer these programs efficiently, and there may be missed opportunities where related industry stakeholders who could add value to this process are currently not part of it.


What are we doing?

Because of this growing complexity, we’re advocating for greater international collaboration among ports and industry to make it easier to learn about, use and administer ship incentive programs. We are engaging marine carriers, ports and other stakeholders around the world to hear their views on the topic and to obtain input on the concept of creating a web resource to support ship incentive programs.

To date, discussions with stakeholders have led us towards the concept of a joint web-based aggregation platform, which could act as a one-window portal for marine carriers, ports and other industry representatives.

As we undertake a more fulsome engagement, we expect to refine what the potential solution may look like.

We’ve heard that it is important the proposed web resource doesn’t try to replace existing incentive programs – it needs to support existing programs. The approach needs to support voluntary actions, enabling ports to determine what incentives to offer, if any, and how to offer them. The approach needs to help by reducing complexity and administrative burden for users, and needs to consider any possible data security issues. The website may also be helpful in sharing information on environmental infrastructure, what is available and where.


The following outlines specific aspects the web-based portal may include:

1. Marketing and communications platform

  • To jointly promote port incentive programs and environmental infrastructure around the globe in one easy-to-access location.

2. Incentive calculator

  • To allow shipping lines to enter a route and high level environmental data (e.g. final scores in third party rating systems, engine tier) and easily assess potential cumulative incentives available across all ports on a route by vessel.

3. Incentive application portal

  • Allow ports to access information entered centrally by shipping lines, to simplify and even automate the application and administration process for discounts.

4. Data management system

  • Tools to facilitate coordination and management of multiple data sets related to ship ratings and incentive programs.


Where are we in the process?

We are currently in the first phase of this initiative, which focuses on broad stakeholder engagement to validate and refine the potential path forward. The project partners have retained Eastern Research Group to support this engagement phase.

Pending a positive outcome of the initial engagement phase, we would look to initiate a second phase later in 2019, focused on development of a business case including financial and operational models, software design and mock up and an implementation plan.


Timelines

Please contact Christine Rigby, Environmental Specialist - Air Emissions, with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority at Christine.Rigby@portvancouver.com or 604-665-9237 for more information.