Tokyo to waive fees for LNG, hydrogen-fuelled ships
The Tokyo Metropolitan government will waive entry fees at Yokohama, Kawasaki and Tokyo ports for ships fuelled by LNG and hydrogen, it said on March 25. This incentive will be extended to LNG bunkering vessels as well.
The government said that the scheme will come into effect from April 1 this year and will remain valid for five years. It said that with the tightening of regulations on emissions for ships by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the number of LNG-fuelled ships will increase in coming years.
The government added that these incentives have been offered as it wants to contribute to international environmental measures as soon as possible.
Japan’s first hydrogen-fuelled ferry is expected to be launched this year. Belgium’s CMB and Japan’s Tsuneishi Facilities & Craft signed a deal in 2019 to build the ferry.