As no final decision has been made concerning the fairway adjustment, ultra-large vessels will continue to enjoy rebates and/or discounts.At the same time the discount for cruise ships that call Hamburg in the low season will be substantially higher. The aim is to maintain the level of tourism and promote the less popular months.
“Our price policy is sending a very clear signal to Hamburg’s port industry. We strive to keep Hamburg attractive as a cruise destination and want to support ship owners in economically challenging times,” says Tino Klemm, Head of Finances and Real Property and Member of the Management Board.
Environment Continues to be at the Centre of the HPA’s Strategy
The five types of environmental discounts granted for particularly clean ships already in place are increasingly popular. The discount granted based on the Environmental Ship Index (ESI) is just one example of the positive response to the incentives. Over 3,500 ships worldwide have been ESI-certified – and the number is rising. Currently, some 40 ports and other supporters in Europe, America and Asia contribute to this development by offering their own incentives. Already, over 15 per cent of all ships calling at Hamburg is a lot cleaner than regulations require. Moreover, come next year the HPA will give an additional one per cent of the proceeds from the port fees to Stiftung Lebensraum Elbe [Elbe Habitat Foundation], raising to five per cent its contribution to ensuring the water quality of the River Elbe.
Discount for Ultra-Large Vessels and Transhipment Rebate Stay in Place
To ensure that ultra-large vessels keep calling the Port of Hamburg, the HPA will continue to grant the cap discount as well as extend the discount for exceptionally large vessels by another year, thus supporting shipping companies in a way none of the leading competing ports does. The transhipment rebate for seagoing vessels will remain in place. For seagoing vessels the average port fees due is less than five euros per container and for feeders it is less than one euro. Other rebates and discounts in place, such as the transhipment rebate, also provide some relief.
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