Japanese feasibility study on regional incentive scheme in Asia

Recently, the Maritime Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT), belonging to the Government of Japan started a study on the feasibility of an Incentive Scheme in Asia.

Mr. Masayuki Kawase of Japan Marine Science Inc. (JMS) was appointed by MLIT to carry out this project as a consultant. As the first part of the study, an investigation of the current situation of the Green Award scheme begun with a visit to the Green Award Foundation.

After an explanation of the aims and procedures of Green Award, Green Award’s managing director Jan Fransen accompanied Mr. Kawase during a visit to the Port of Sullom Voe ( United Kingdom), a firm Green Award supporting port.

        Mr. Kawase, Capt. Dickson                       Sullom Voe (UK)
                and J. Fransen

During an interview, Capt. Dickson (General Manager, Harbour Master, Pilot Master) explained that Sullom Voe offers a financial incentive to Green Award vessels amounting to 5% of payable ship dues. This is the way the Port of Sullom Voe wishes to encourage quality tonnage to use their facilities and thereby reinforce their efforts to protect the environment.

Mr. Kawase will proceed further with the study and will be interviewing parties like shipping companies, pilots and other incentive providers.

Green Award was very happy to have an opportunity to meet and discuss various issues with Mr. Kawase and looks forward to the results of the study.Green Award hopes that the study results in recognition for quality shipping in this region. From numerous contacts and visits in Japan, Green Award has already gained recognition and hopes that participation from ports and other incentive providers will follow soon. Green Award feels confident that it can establish cooperation with a view to expanding the current scheme.

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