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The Swedish port, which has announced it is to freeze port tariffs for a third successive year, provides gas-powered vessels with a 20% discount per call.

The Port of Gothenburg’s charges are based on vessel type and gross tonnage, and are used to finance a range of activities, including fairway maintenance, traffic information and port safety. The price freeze is aimed at boosting growth in industry, shipping and port operations whilst helping to curb rising logistics costs for stakeholders.

According to Magnus Kårestedt, Gothenburg Port Authority Chief Executive, the port authority has managed to avoid the need for tariff increases through good cost control. It is hoped that this will inspire other companies and organisations involved in logistics operations to review their charges.

‘If we all share the responsibility for making logistics more cost effective, this will prove crucial to our stakeholders' competitiveness.’

With regard to environmental performance, the Port of Gothenburg uses two globally recognised indexes as a basis for the discount system, for which one-third of vessels that call at the port are eligible. Vessels that switch to running on liquefied natural gas, LNG, receive a further discount.

‘We expect a significant rise next year in calls by vessels running on LNG, and there will be a resulting rise in the number that qualify for our LNG discount,’ said Kårestedt. ‘The transition that is taking place is encouraging, and we look forward to welcoming more LNG-powered vessels to the port with a 20 per cent discount per call.’

The port authority also announced it was to extend the discount period for calls by cruise ships, which will now run through to the end of December, in a bid to attract more calls and in turn more cruise passengers.

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