Samstag, 26.05.2018 17:36 Uhr

Bigger inland fleet to measure toxic output

Verantwortlicher Autor: Jochen Raffelberg Nijmegen, 01.05.2018, 17:50 Uhr
Presse-Ressort von: Joachim Raffelberg Bericht 5187x gelesen

Nijmegen [ENA] Inland shipping operators in six EU countries can earn incentives of up to €80,000 per vessel if they install environmental test equipment on board. The European Union’s Clean Inland Shipping (Clinsh) program today announced a new project tender aimed at reducing emissions of harmful substances like nitrogen oxides and particulate matter. 21 vessels can participate in the scheme; candidates must apply by May 28.

The purpose of this second fleet tender is to select additional vessels to take part in a study of technologies designed to make the inland shipping sector more environmentally sustainable. Some of these vessels will be fitted with a specific type of emissions-control technology or modified to run on an alternative fuel. This group will be monitored both before and after modification in order to ascertain how the use of the technology affects emissions. The second group will consist of vessels which already have some emissions-control technology installed. They too will be monitored throughout the project. Both groups will have monitoring equipment installed on board and their emissions will be measured for between one and two years.

Adaptations to engines have already been carried out on some vessels in the first group of 26 participants that were selected in a previous tender last year. Mr Rik Janssen, regional minister of the Province of Zuid-Holland and chairman of Clinsh, said that the project provided a way for operators to assess the business case for investing in environmental improvements although it required “a serious investment, and also an investment of time - very often their own time”, Janssen said. But from 2020, vessels that emit too much particulate matter and nitrogen oxides would no longer be able to enter certain ports including Rotterdam, and that alone was a very good reason to take action now, he added.

Clinsh stated that the benefits of the environmental pilot program supported by the EU did not only include financial compensation but resulting good environmental performance could help them to acquire cargo contracts or gain access to ports. “And finally, skippers can receive compensation for converting their vessels today, rather than waiting until these changes become mandatory in the future,” Clinsh said. Vessels in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom qualifying for the tender include the following fuels and technologies:

Already converted vessel running on LNG and a comparable counterpart vessel running on regular fuel; already converted hybrid vessel and a comparable counterpart vessel running on regular fuel; LNG-powered vessels that run on diesel for a certain period of time; vessels running temporarily on the new generation of HVO biodiesel; vessels in which a ‘marinized’ euro VI engine will be installed; fuel-water emulsion in combination with the installation of SCR after-treatment; fuel-water emulsion in combination with gas-to-liquid; SCR after-treatment in combination with gas-to-liquid. Vessels on LNG, CNG, SCR (DPF) and hybrid technology, will be used as a control group.

Clinsh is a demonstration project assessing the costs and effectiveness of emissions-control technologies and alternative fuels in practice. Launched in 2016 it is supported by the European LIFE fund with a total budget of €8.5m. The main objective of Clinsh is to contribute to a better air quality in urban areas. The project is a co-operation between 17 partners from four European countries, including universities, port authorities, local governments and private companies. Clinsh was endorsed across the inland shipping industry in April when more than 200 participants in the Nijmegen Ports and the City conference agreed on a Green Deal including Clinsh.

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