The Tokyo metropolitan government will waive the port entry fee at Yokohama, Kawasaki, and Tokyo for ships powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and hydrogen, as well as LNG bunkering vessels. The exemption will go into effect on April 1, 2021, and last for the next five years.
According to Tokyo officials, the waiver is aimed at contributing to global efforts to boost use of cleaner fuels and support faster development of hydrogen-powered ships.
The entry fee now stands at 2.7 yen (US$0.025) per gross tonne for ocean-going vessels and 1.35 yen per gross tonne for coastal vessels.
The Port of Tokyo is one of the largest Japanese seaports and one of the largest seaports in the Pacific Ocean basin, having an annual traffic capacity of around 100 million tonnes of cargo.