Genoa Blue Agreement extended

2024-05-28T20:19:52+00:00 May 28th, 2024|Environment|

A voluntary agreement designed to reduce CO2 emissions from passenger and commercial ships calling at the Port of Genoa, has been renewed.

One of the first ports in the Mediterranean to have promoted a pact in full support of accelerating the clean energy transition, since 2019 the Genoa Blue Agreement represents another step towards the mission, shared by local public authorities and shipping lines and agents, to reduce the environmental impact of port activities across the city, which lies alongside the passenger and cargo terminals.

The renewal’s signing ceremony was promoted by the Port of Genoa Harbour Master/Coastguards, under the auspices of the Italian Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Edoardo Rixi, with the participation of the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority, the City of Genoa, tug operator and the industry associations representing the 40 major cruise, ferry and cargo shipping lines, which to date have signed up to the agreement to safeguard the local environment.

Specifically, the ship operators, committing to the protocol, pledge to utilise marine gasoil with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.1% by mass in a radius of up to three nautical miles (5 km) from the port – a provision which will be introduced in law next year upon the designation of the Mediterranean as a Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA) – and not only restricted to vessels docked at the port, as per current legislation in force.

This marks a concrete voluntary step in the path towards the achievement of a sharp reduction in carbon emissions into the atmosphere, by pre-empting future regulations, the signatories said.

A key feature of the revised Genoa Blue Agreement, now valid until 1st May, 2025, is its further extension to all classes of vessels, with an added focus on ferries, on ships which deploy scrubbers and those powered by LNG and alternative biofuels.

The renewed agreement forms part of a package of green port policies implemented by the Port Authority of Genoa and Savona/Vado Ligure to minimise the environmental impact of port activities on the city, with a focus on the provision of ship-to-shore power supply, already available at the Port of Pra’ and the Shipyard Area in Genoa, and with new facilities on track to be installed in the passenger ports of Genoa and Savona by the beginning of 2025.