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Extended incentive scheme for ocean-going vessels using cleaner fuel while berthing in HK starts accepting applications

     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (June 1) started to accept applications for registration under the Extended Port Facilities and Light Dues Incentive Scheme for ocean-going vessels (OGVs) switching to cleaner fuel while at berth in Hong Kong.

     An EPD spokesman said, "To improve air quality, the Government launched a three-year incentive scheme on September 26, 2012, to encourage OGVs to switch to low-sulphur marine fuel (i.e. with sulphur content not exceeding 0.5 per cent) while at berth by reducing by half their port facilities and light dues. The switch to cleaner fuel (i.e. low-sulphur marine fuel, liquefied natural gas (LNG) or other approved fuel) for OGVs at berth will become mandatory on July 1 this year, following the Legislative Council's approval of the Air Pollution Control (Ocean Going Vessels) (Fuel at Berth) Regulation this April."

     He added, "Hong Kong is the first Asian city to require OGVs to switch to cleaner fuel when at berth. To maintain Hong Kong's port competitiveness, the incentive scheme has been extended for 30 months to March 31, 2018."

     On July 1, the scope of the incentive scheme will be extended to cover not only OGVs using low-sulphur fuel but also those using LNG or approved fuel or technology that can achieve sulphur dioxide (SO2) emission reduction as effectively as the use of low-sulphur fuel while at berth.

     All registrations under the current scheme will expire on September 25 this year. Owners, operators or their agents of OGVs registered under the current incentive scheme should apply for registration for the extended incentive scheme before September 26 this year if they would like to enjoy the port facilities and light dues concession.

     OGVs generally run on heavy fuel oil with sulphur content of up to 3.5 per cent. SO2 emissions from OGVs at berth account for about 40 per cent of the total SO2 emissions within Hong Kong waters. Switching to cleaner fuel while at berth can reduce total SO2 emission in Hong Kong by 12 per cent, which can help to improve Hong Kong's air quality, particularly around the port areas.

     For more details about the extended incentive scheme, please visit the EPD's website at For enquiries, please call the EPD's hotline 2594 6452.

Ends/Monday, June 1, 2015
Issued at HKT 16:00


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