CLINSH sustainable fleet trial expanded to 41 ships
Six new ships are joining the CLINSH (CLean INland SHipping) sustainable pilot project. With 41 ships from three European countries participating in the pilot project, the fleet is complete.
CLINSH aims to improve sustainability in the inland shipping industry. The ships were selected as part of a European tender process.
Measuring equipment is being installed on every ship that is participating in the CLINSH practical trials, after which ship emissions will be monitored and measured on a continuous basis. The trial is expected to yield invaluable information about the environmental performance and operating costs associated with the various technologies.
Ships participating in the CLINSH project run on different engines and fuels and use sustainable technology, such as catalysers, and diesel particulate filters. Participating skippers receive compensation for any modifications to their ship. The data collected by the ships will yields insights into the environmental benefits of the various technologies. It will also allow skippers and ship owners to better understand the financial and environmental business cases for specific investments. This is practical information that will benefit other skippers and authorities, financial institutions and interest groups that want to contribute to a more sustainable inland shipping industry.
At present, skippers who can demonstrate that their ship is clean or sustainable enjoy certain benefits, such as discounts on berthage and port charges or a higher price for cargo transport. However, improving an individual ship's sustainability performance often requires high investments. With the practical trial, CLINSH aims to map the financial environmental benefits of all the available technologies to assist skippers in their choices.
CLINSH is a demonstration project aimed at assessing the cost and effectiveness of emission-control technologies and alternative fuels in actual practice. CLINSH receives support from the European LIFE fund. The total budget for the project is at least Euro 8.5 million, which will enable the European LIFE Fund, with its 18 partners from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom, to invest in a range of projects that will contribute to a more sustainable inland navigation sector.
For more information please visit http://www.clinsh.eu where there is a movie CLINSH: Practical Trials & Onshore Power Supply - The Latest Experiences and a publication Talking About CLINSH - The Human Factor Of Inland Shipping