Cypriot shipping ministry to reward sustainable shipping

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The Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry (SDM) has announced a range of incentives to reward vessels that demonstrate effective emissions reductions.

From the start of the 2021 fiscal year, annual tonnage tax will be reduced by up to 30% for each vessel that demonstrates proactive measures to reduce its environmental impact.

The Cyprus SDM believes that broad and diverse measures are needed at both a global and regional level to achieve emissions reduction targets and a sustainable future for the industry. This includes the use of cleaner fuels, the deployment of the relevant fuel infrastructure, the electrification of ships, and the use of energy-efficiency technologies.

It notes that a combination of all these options has the potential to improve the commercial and environmental sustainability of the sector, but shipowners need to be rewarded for investment in sustainable practices to accelerate uptake.

The Cyprus flag will provide a ‘discount’ on its Tonnage Tax System by comparing what emissions reductions are required of a vessel, with what it actually achieves. The SDM gives the following examples:

    • EEDI: Vessels that have achieved further reduction of their attained EEDI compared with the required EEDI (Regulation 20/MARPOL ANNEX VI) will obtain the respective annual tonnage tax rebate of 5-25%;
    • IMO DCS: The environmental incentive relating to the IMO Data Collection System (DCS) applies to ships of 5,000GT and above that comply with Regulation 22A of MARPOL ANNEX VI. Ships that demonstrate reduction of the total fuel oil consumption in relation to the distance traveled, compared with the immediately previous reporting period, will obtain an annual tonnage tax rebate of 10-20%;
    • Alternative fuels: Vessels using an alternative fuel and achieving CO emissions reductions of at least 20% in comparison with traditional fuels will receive a rebate on annual tonnage tax of 15-30%. This will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, following review of documents submitted from a class society.

Vassilios Demetriades, Cyprus’ shipping deputy minister, commented, “As a leading maritime nation, we have an obligation to support efforts in reducing GHG emissions. We believe that flag states are well positioned to support shipowners in making sustainable shipping choices which they can benefit from both operationally and financially. Striking the right balance between the green transformation and competitiveness is a challenge, but also presents opportunities.

“Cyprus believes incentives such as this will encourage greater environmental sustainability across the global industry while also enhancing Maritime Europe’s competitive advantage in new green technologies,” he continued. “This creates opportunities for jobs and growth, providing a first-mover advantage to the EU shipping industry. Clear objectives for 2030 and 2050 have been set by the IMO, and all industry stakeholders must unite to create a clear pathway to achieve and exceed these goals.”

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