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​Qatar Petroleum’s Ras Laffan Port has become the first port in the Arabian Gulf to join the international Green Award network as an Incentive Provider for certified LNG carriers.

The Green Award is a platform that recognises safety, quality and environmental performance in shipping by facilitating an international network of over 150 incentive providers that offer a wide range of benefits to its certificate holders. Green Award recipients must demonstrate their ‘commitment to continually improve their performance in safety and environment for shipping above and beyond international standards’.

Certified LNG Tanker Operators under the Green Award scheme will now be offered a discount on Port Dues, making Ras Laffan Port the first in the region to do so.

In a statement issued yesterday (1 September), Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Qatar’s Minister of State for Energy Affairs and the President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum, said: ‘Through the Green Award for shipping, we are also building upon QPs’ track record of providing environmentally friendly energy by supporting sustainable practices in shipping as well.’

Jan Fransen, Executive Director of Green Award Foundation, added: ‘We appreciate the continued cooperation we have with Qatar, as Qatargas was involved in the setup of our ship certification program for LNG carriers in 2011, which later included LPG carriers as well. We welcome Ras Laffan Port’s support to protect the marine environment which the Green Award has been pursuing for over 27 years.’

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