Below is an updated summary of environmental incentive programs Canadian ports have established to reward “green vessels.” The scope of these programs varies. However, each of these ports offers discounted harbour dues to vessels that meet certain environmental standards. Such standards include the use of “green technologies,” cleaner fuels, and/or certification under various ship environmental programs.
Since our last update on such programs via CL 11428 in 2022, the Port of Saint John has created a new incentive program, the Port of Vancouver and the Port of Halifax have added tiers to their programs with higher rebate levels, and ports have added ways to qualify for their programs. Changes since CL 11428 are indicated in italics below. This information can also be found on the member’s section of our website under the ‘Environment’ tab and as a .pdf HERE.
2023 FINANCIAL INCENTIVES FOR “GREEN VESSELS” AT CANADIAN PORTS
|PORT||REBATES (ON HARBOUR DUES)||CRITERIA TO BE MET|
|Port of Vancouver||A vessel may qualify for one of three levels of rebates, depending on the vessel’s environmental performance:
||A vessel may qualify for discounted harbour dues under one of the four categories (bronze, silver, gold, platinum) based on several criteria, including:
Application can be made on a ship call basis or through an annual declaration
See EcoAction Program for details
|Port of Prince Rupert||A vessel may qualify for one of three levels of rebates, depending on the vessel’s environmental performance:
||A vessel may qualify for discounted harbour dues under one of the three tiers – based on:
See Green Wave Program for details.
|Port of Montreal||10%
|Applies to bulk carriers, crude oil and product tanker vessels with deadweight ≥ 22 000 metric tonnes.
Vessels certified under the Green Award Program are eligible.
See section 3(2) of the Port of Montreal’s Harbour Fees Tariffs (Notice B-1) for details
|Port of Quebec||10-30%
|Rebate level is based on the highest certification level in either of two programs:
Green Marine: An average score of 4.5 or higher earns shipowners a 10% discount
RightShip: Based on a ship’s GHG rating:
See ECARGO program for details.
|Port of Sept Iles||10%
|Applies to ALL vessels certified under the Green Award Program:
See section 4(5) and Annex 1 of the Port of Sept Iles’ Harbour Dues Tariffs (Notice N-2) for details
|Port of Halifax||$500 to $1,500
Based on Environmental Ship Index (ESI) score
|Applies to container and RO-RO vessels only.
Rebate on harbour dues based on a vessel’s IAPH Environmental Ship Index (ESI) score.
See Port of Halifax’s Tariff Rate Schedule
|Port of Saint John||10%
(Up to $1,040 annually)
|Up to 10% off of Berthage for a ship registered with the IAPH Environmental Ship Index (ESI) specifically:
See Notice N-9 of Tariff Notices
For more information, please contact the undersigned.
Manager, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs