VPA launches new Harbour Dues Program: Acknowledges Vessels Reducing Air Emissions


    VANCOUVER, March 30 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Port Authority is pleased to
announce its new Harbour Dues Program, which will take effect on April 1,
2007.
    Harbour dues are the fees charged to vessels entering the Port of
Vancouver. As of April 1 the VPA will be issuing a new schedule of harbour
dues that recognizes and acknowledges vessels that are working to reduce the
air emissions they discharge into the Lower Fraser Valley air shed.
    "Reducing port-related emissions, including those from marine vessels,
forms a key component of meeting our commitment to sustainable port
operations," said Gordon Houston, President and Chief Executive Officer of the
VPA. "We are working very hard to integrate environmental, social and economic
sustainability initiatives into all operations, and the new Harbour Dues
program is an excellent example of how we can strive to be leaders in
environmental stewardship through a business initiative."
    The new rates are based on the air emission standard of the vessel. The
differentiated rates - Basic, Bronze, Silver and Gold - are designed to
provide a wide variety of technology and fuel options to vessels in order to
promote and build awareness around a number of alternative emission reduction
practices. The Gold air emission standard is at a level that will be attained
by leading edge vessels, while the Bronze standard is designed to be
achievable by many vessels that currently call in the Port of Vancouver.
    "The world is moving toward reducing emissions, and the VPA takes its
role in leading the sustainability of port operations seriously," said Darrell
Desjardin, Director of Environmental Programs for the VPA. "Our new harbour
dues program is designed to promote attainable emissions reduction goals for
all vessels."
    Under the new Harbour Dues program, the VPA hopes to encourage superior
environmental practices such as the recent announcement by Kawasaki Kisen
Kaisha, Ltd. ("K" Line) that all container vessels in its Pacific Northwest
service, including those calling at Vancouver, will use low sulfur fuel in
auxiliary machinery while the vessels are docked. In fact, "K" Line is going
beyond the Harbour Dues program by making this commitment year round at both
the Port of Vancouver and Port of Tacoma.
    "The Chamber of Shipping is very supportive of initiatives such as the
VPA's new Harbour Dues Program that incent carriers to pursue some of the many
options for emission reduction," said Rick Bryant, President of the Chamber of
Shipping.
    The Port of Vancouver is Canada's largest and most diversified port,
trading more than $53 billion in goods with more than 100 trading economies
annually. Port activities generate 69,200 jobs in total with $4 billion in
Gross Domestic Product and $8.9 billion in economic output.

    For more information on the Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ("K" Line) Low
Sulphur Fuel initiative, please visit:
    http://www.kline.co.jp/news/2007/070322_e.htm.




For further information: on the VPA Harbour Dues Program, please
contact: Anne McMullin, Director, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs,
Vancouver Port Authority, (604) 665-9069 (office), (604) 665-9073 (fax), (778)
231-6978 (cellular), anne.mcmullin@portvancouver.com; For more information on
any of these stories, call 1-888 PORTVAN; Or, send an email to:
public_affairs@portvancouver.com