Subsidy for Green Award for Inland Shipping

On 10 February 2011 the ceremony of signing the grant agreement between the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, seven port authorities and the Green Award Foundation took place.

At inland shipping organizations and port authorities’ request Green Award has developed a certification scheme for the inland shipping in order to motivate and give recognition to the clean inland shipping. In 2010 the letter of intent was signed by 13 inland shipping companies and now the financing has been secured.

The Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment provides funding for the start up phase in 2011, and the port authorities contribute substantially to the scheme operating costs for the next 4 years after that.

This implies that Green Award for Inland shipping is guaranteed a financial basis for 5 years. The ports are considering providing reduction on port dues to ships certified by Green Award in order to attract more vessels to the scheme.

The participating ports, coordinated by the National Ports Council, are: the Port of Rotterdam, the Port of Amsterdam, Zeeland Seaports, the Harbor of Moerdijk, Groningen Seaports, Municipality Harlingen, Municipality Den Helder. 

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