CLINSH’ inland shipping fleet complete with 41 vessels

Six (6) new ships are joining the sustainability trial project for inland shipping, CLean INland SHipping (CLINSH). CLINSH aims to make inland shipping more sustainable. The Province of Zuid-Holland is the lead partner of the project.

In all, 41 ships from three (3) European countries take part in CLINSH, completing the fleet. The ships have been selected based on a European tendering procedure. Measuring equipment will be installed on all ships that take part in the CLINSH field test, after which the emissions on board will be measured around the clock. This provides valuable information on the environmental performance and the operational costs involved in the application of the various techniques.

Practical test

The ships that take part in the CLINSH project use various engines, fuels and sustainable technology such as catalytic converters and soot filters. The participating skippers receive compensation for any necessary modifications to their ship. The collected data will be used to clarify the environmental benefit of the various techniques, and the business case for the skipper or ship owner will be made clear. This is useful information for other skippers and for authorities, financial institutions and interest groups that want to contribute to a more sustainable inland navigation.


At this moment, skippers with a clean or sustainable ship can get certain advantages. For instance, discounts on demurrage and port dues, or a higher price for the transport of cargo. The investments to have a ship made more sustainable very often are high for an individual skipper. With this practical test, CLINSH aims to chart the financial and environmental aspects of the available techniques, to assist skippers in making their choice.


CLINSH is a demonstration project that maps the effectiveness and cost of emission-reducing techniques and alternative fuels in inland waterway transport in practice. CLINSH is supported by the European LIFE fund. The total projects costs exceed €8.5 million, which 18 partners from The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom, in cooperation with the European LIFE Fund, invest in various projects that support a sustainable inland shipping.