Green Ship Programme

Green Ship Programme

The Green Ship Programme is one of the three programmes under the Maritime Singapore Green Initiative. The Maritime Singapore Green Initiative was announced by Minister at the Singapore International Maritime Awards 2011.

The Green Ship Programme is targeted at Singapore-flagged ships. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore will provide incentives to ship owners who adopt energy efficient ship designs that reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

Singapore-flagged ships registered on or after 1 July 2011, which go beyond the requirements (See Annex A) of the International Maritime Organization’s Energy Efficiency Design Index, will enjoy a 50% reduction on the Initial Registration Fees (IRF) under both the normal registration and the Block Transfer Scheme (BTS) during the registration of the ship. It will also enjoy a 20% rebate on Annual Tonnage Tax payable every year until the ship ceases to exceed the requirements of International Maritime Organization’s Energy Efficiency Design Index as set out in Annex A, based on the phased-in time period.

Existing ships which utilise energy efficient ship designs that meet the requirements for the Green Ship Programme can also take part in this programme, but will only enjoy the 20% rebate on Annual Tonnage Tax  payable every year until the ship ceases to exceed the requirements of International Maritime Organization’s Energy Efficiency Design Index  reference lines. For Singapore ships that undergo a change of ownership and the new owner chooses to continue registering the ship with Singapore, the new owner pays the registration anew fees.  As this fee is not considered as IRF, there is no 50% reduction on the registration anew fees for the new ship owner. However, this ship owner can still enjoy the 20% rebate on Annual Tonnage Tax  if the ship qualifies under the Green Ship Programme. The details of the IRF and Annual Tonnage Tax  incentives for the Green Ship Programme are shown in Annex B.

Ships that qualify for the Green Ship Programme will be given a “Green Certificate” issued by MPA. The “Green Certificate” will also be given to the company owning the qualifying ship. A new award category “SRS Green Ship of the Year” will also be introduced in the Singapore International Maritime Awards beginning 2013.

To qualify for the Green Ship Programme, ship owners have to submit a copy of the International Energy Efficiency (IEE) Certificate or pre-verification report as proof that the attained Energy Efficiency Design Index of the ship exceeds the International Maritime Organization’s requirements on Energy Efficiency Design Index  for that particular ship type and size at the time when the above financial incentives are to be applied.

If the pre-verification report is not ready at the time of provisional registration, ship owners have to inform the Singapore Registry of Ships in writing at the point of provisional registration of the intention to participate in the Green Ship Programme. The pre-verification report will then need to be submitted within 1 month of provisional registration. For existing ship owners who have made major modifications to make their ships green and would like to enjoy the 20% rebate on Annual Tonnage Tax, please provide the International Energy Efficiency Certificate at least two months before the Annual Tonnage Tax  due date. There will be no pro-rated rebate if documentations are not submitted on time. Ship owners can submit a copy of the International Energy Efficiency Certificate from 1st July 2011 onwards. Submissions can be made via email (marine@mpa.gov.sg) to our office. Interested ship owners may approach one of our nine Recognised Organisation (Annex C) for the issuance of the International Energy Efficiency Certificate or pre-verification report.

For more details, please refer to Shipping Circular No. 12 of 2011.

Green Ship Programme Annex A
Green Ship Programme Annex B
Gren Ship Programme Annex C