Clean Vessel Incentive Program

  • About the CVI Program
  • Eligibility & Enrollment
  • Participating Shipping Lines
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What is the Clean Vessel Incentive Program?

As an integral component of the Clean Air Strategy for the Port of New York and New Jersey, the CVI Program aims to reward ocean-going vessels with Vessel Speed Reduction (VSR) points for steaming at 10 knots or less from 20 nautical miles (nm) outside of the Territorial Sea Line. Additional points are rewarded to vessels that exceed current international vessel emissions standards represented through Environmental Ship Index (ESI).

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The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Clean Vessel Incentive (CVI) Program is a special first-come, first-served program that provides financial incentives to encourage operators, charters, and agents of ocean-going vessels calling at Port Authority marine terminals to make voluntary engine, fuel, and technology enhancements. These enhancements reduce emissions beyond the regulatory environmental standards set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and help the Port meet the cleanest standards.

The International Association of Ports and Harbors has developed the World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI) to address issues related to vessels, climate change, and air quality. One of the projects within WPCI is the development of an Environmental Ship Index (ESI). The WPCI calculates the amount of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and sulfur oxide (SOx) that is released by a ship, as well as other factors, to provide an ESI Score. The ESI Score is a good indication of ocean-going vessel environmental performance and assists in identifying cleaner ships in a more universal way.

How do I enroll in the CVI Program?

The Program is open to all vessel-operating companies whose ocean-going vessels call at Qualifying PANYNJ Marine Terminal Facilities. Each vessel operating company must enroll itself and each of the ships that it anticipates will participate in the Program, prior to undertaking reimbursable activities.

To enroll in the Program, the vessel operating company must do the following:

CVI Program Enrollment Process CVIP-Direct Deposit for Non-US entities CVIP-Direct Deposit for US entities CVIP-Enroll your vessels CVIP-Sign the terms and conditions
  1. Sign the Terms and Conditions
  1. Establish Direct Deposit:
    1. For US entities - click here
    2. For Non-U.S. entities - click here
  1. Enroll Your Vessels
    1. CVI Program Company and Vessel Enrollment Form
      The vessel enrollment sheet can include limited information on each OGV to be enrolled as all vessels can be listed on one. Also, the vessel operating company can enroll additional vessels at any time during the Program
  • Once the completed enrollment package has been submitted, reviewed, and approved by the PANYNJ, the PANYNJ will issue a vendor identification number to the Enrolled Operator. The Enrolled Operator will be notified when it is enrolled in the program. The Enrolled Operator will be the entity receiving applicable incentive payments.

What is the duration of the CVI Program? When are enrollments accepted?

Funding for the 2018 CVI Program has been fulfilled. The CVI Program is now extended from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2023.

When are the financial incentives dispersed?

Reimbursements are dispersed quarterly on a first-come, first-served basis with an annual funding cap for 2019.

The shipping lines listed below are currently participating in the Clean Vessel Incentive Program.

Participating Shipping Lines

Atlantic Container Line

Carnival UK

CMA CGM (America)

COSCO Shipping


Great American Lines

Hamburg Sud

Hapag-Lloyd (America)

Hoegh Autoliners

Hyundai Merchant Marine

“K” - Line America


Mitsui O.S.K. Bulk

MOL (America)

Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA)

NYK Bulkship (Atlantic) NV

NYK Line (North America)

Ocean Network Express (North America)

Orient Overseas Container Line

Yang Ming (America)


Contact Us

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Clean Vessel Incentive (CVI) Program

Port Department, 17th Floor
Attn: Environmental Initiatives
4 World Trade Center
150 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10007

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