NEW South Wales Ports has announced the vessel Miami as the 100th vessel to join its Environmental Shipping Incentive.

The vessel called at Port Botany this week from Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

“We are proud to have the Miami as a member of our Environmental Shipping Incentive,” a NSW Ports spokesman said.

The scheme, announced last year, rewards vessels calling at Port Botany and Port Kembla for environmental performance.

Speaking last year, NSW Ports chief executive Marika Calfas said they introduced the incentive to reward companies that used vessels with better air emissions performance.

“We are passionate about environmental issues and wanted to take a lead in Australia to help encourage change through an incentive to encourage shipping lines to improve their emissions,” Ms Calfas said.

“The environmental incentive will be applied to vessels that perform better in reducing their emissions than the levels required by current emission standards of the International Maritime Organisation.”

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The incentive takes the form of a discount on vessel-related charges levied by NSW Ports on vessels that call at Port Botany and Port Kembla.

“The introduction of this environmental incentive is aligned with Australia’s commitment towards international climate change initiatives,” Ms Calfas said.

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