Regional Minister Janssen visits forerunners of sustainable inland transport

Published on 15 February 2019

Cake for the skippers of the Mon-Desir, Els and Tom Bosman. In the run-up to the midterm conference of the CLINSH (CLean INland Shipping) programme, Regional Minister Rik Janssen made a working visit to their vessel, that runs on the cleaner GTL (Gas to Liquid) fuel.

The Mon-Desir is one of the vessels that, as part of the European collaboration programme CLINSH, measures the emissions continuously and real-time. This is how the CLINSH partners want to obtain insight into the most suitable techniques to make inland shipping vessels more sustainable.

Examples of alternative techniques are catalytic converters, soot filters, hybrid propulsion systems and new fuels. The skippers of the Mon-Desir are part of a monitoring group within CLINSH. They have not made any alterations to their engine, but use the cleaner GTL fuel.

“People truly are the power behind CLINSH”, says Regional Minister Janssen, the ambassador of the programme. “It's the skippers in the forefront who collect the emission data for us. And it will be forerunners again who will use the experience gained to apply it in practice. That is why it is so important to me to regularly learn what is happening on board. I am grateful to Els and Tom for their warm reception and their frankness.”

Midterm conference

On 13 March the programme's midterm conference will take place in Brussels. Representatives of the inland shipping sector, of European and national authorities, financiers and transhippers will meet to discuss the initial results of the programme with each other, and to take further steps on the road to a more sustainable inland shipping.


CLINSH is a project in which emission-reducing technologies and alternative fuels are tested in practice. The practical test offers valuable information on the effectiveness and operational costs. CLINSH’ main objective is to contribute to a better quality air in urban areas. The CLINSH project is a cooperation of 16 partners from 4 European countries, among which universities, port authorities, local governments and private businesses. CLINSH uses the European LIFE programme's co-financing. The Province of Zuid-Holland is lead partner.