Dunkerque: curbing air pollution. File image/Pixabay.
The northern French port of Dunkerque has joined the Environmental Ship Index (ESI) initiative as part of a wider programme to curb air pollution from ship calls.
ESI is a ports-based initiative which rates ships according to their air pollution contribution. The higher a ship's rating, the cleaner its air quality.
Dunkerque will reward shipping company participants in the scheme, the value of the reward being determined by how many low-emission ship calls are made to the port by a particular company in any one year.
Dunkerque is ranked third among French ports.
Around 50 ports around the world have joined the ESI scheme.