Not only will existing discounts on port dues be maintained but an extra 2% discount for all commodities is being given in addition to not passing on the costs of inflation. Furthermore, €5m (US$6.3m) of the dues will be devoted to initiatives aimed at making the port more sustainable.
Giving discounts and not passing on inflation will result in a comparative 8.6% discount with the result that shippers will jointly pay around € 30m less to the Port Authority in 2013.
For handling a transhipment container, the deepsea shipping company receives €1 discount per teu and the feeder shipping company €1.50 per teu. According to the port authority this discount provides an important stimulus for the development of Rotterdam as a transit port for container cargo by sea to or from areas in Northwest Europe and the Baltic
Hans Smits, CEO of the port authority said, “Although throughput is rising slightly, a lot of companies are having a tough time. We hope that this massive discount will help our clients and bind cargo to Rotterdam. We are also sending out a positive signal by spending an extra €5m on initiatives by the business sector to make the port more sustainable.”
Inland port dues
With regard to port dues for inland shipping, the environmental incentives will continue: clean ships will receive a discount next year and the most polluting vessels will pay more. Inland vessels which fail to meet the CCR 2 emission requirements pay 10% more. Ships which comply with CCR 2 and have a Green Award certificate receive a 15% discount. Ships which emit at least 60% less fine dust and nitrogen, compared to the CCR 2 level, receive a 30% discount on their port dues. The main purpose of this 30% is to show the sector that it is worthwhile to invest in sustainability
The existing discount scheme for the cleanest ocean-going vessels (ESI discount of an average 5% per ship) will be maintained.