Port of Bergen sets up company for vessel emissions reporting

The new company will develop the Environmental Port Index (EPI) tool which measures a vessel’s level of emissions when in port.

Environmental Port Index AS is a shareholding company owned by port organisations and municipalities operating ports. The IT technical support and all issues relating to ship reporting of emissions will be overseen by DNV GL.

The initiative stems from the Port of Bergen’s decision to instigate the development of an environmental impact system for cruise ships in 2017. The port subsequently established a joint industry project with DNV GL and 10 other Norwegian ports.

The new EPI company operates the environmental reporting system for cruise ships. When they leave port, vessels provide data on CO2, NOx and SO2 emissions, the use of onshore power supply and waste gas treatment systems, and fuel consumption.

For the 2020 season, 16 ports have the EPI in place and ready for use, and Johnny Breivik, Managing Director for the Port of Bergen, says that the EPI should be rolled out to other ports.

‘EPI has proven to be a high-quality, useful tool to reduce emissions to air from vessels in port, and the work we have done has attracted considerable interest both nationally and internationally,’ he says.

‘We thus feel that the time has come for EPI to be launched in the international market.’

All the ports that have participated in the development of the EPI will be offered shares in the new company.

Looking ahead, the Port of Bergen notes that: ‘The system will be expanded to cover more vessel types as well as more environmental aspects such as waste, discharges to sea, and noise.’

Lesley Bankes-Hughes

Lesley Bankes-Hughes