Revised Clean Air Act - river vessels

MQT on 2017-02-20
Session date: 
February 20, 2017
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Should you gain powers to regulate and enforce river vessel emissions in a revised Clean Air Act, will you:

a) designate a Nitrogen Oxide Emissions Control Area (NECA) for the Thames and impose a penalty charging system, similar to that applied to road vehicles, for vessels not complying with the latest emission limits?

b) mandate onshore power for moored vessels?


Answer for Revised Clean Air Act - river vessels

Answer for Revised Clean Air Act - river vessels

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Ocean going vessels coming into the Thames are already covered by the International Maritime Organisation's Marine Environment Protection Committee decision in October 2016 to declare the North and Baltic Seas as NECA areas.

New inland waterway vessels, and replacement engines for existing inland vessels, are already subject to much more stringent emissions limits than those imposed by an NECA for ocean going vessels.

As for the provision of shore power, this will only be appropriate in certain circumstances depending on the type of vessels, the length of mooring time and the availability of power from the grid.

With this in mind, my officers are working with the Port of London Authority, TfL and the boroughs to understand what are appropriate approaches for regulating and enforcing emissions from vessels on the Thames, as well as meeting their power requirements.