Second round for sustainable inland shipping test

Inland skippers or shipping companies that want to invest in the sustainabilization of their vessel or fleet can now put their name down to participate in the field test of the Clean INland SHipping (CLINSH) project.

The second European tendering for this project aimed at sustainable inland shipping runs from 13 April until 28 May 2018, 02:00 PM.

Measuring equipment will be installed on all vessels that take part in the CLINSH field test, after which the emissions on board will be measured around the clock for one or two years. This provides valuable information on the environmental performance and the operational costs involved in the application of the various techniques.

First tendering round 2017

The first 26 participating vessels were selected in the Autumn of 2017 in a European tendering procedure. About half of these vessels will be fitted with emission-reducing technology or alternative fuel. Examples of these are the after-treatment system SCR-DPF, Fuel Water Emulsion, a hybrid installation of Gas to Liquid Fuel. The other vessels already sail with an emission-reducing technology or an alternative fuel and serve as control group.

Why take part?

Project CLINSH will provide skippers who have been selected after the tendering process financial compensation for their participation. Furthermore, participation in the project will net them knowledge of the various techniques and the environmental advantages achieved, as well as a forerunner position in the industry. Good environmental performance could mean an advantage to the skipper, for instance when acquiring cargo or access to a harbour. And last but not least: skippers can now receive compensation for adaptations that will become mandatory in the future.

Which vessels can take part?

At most 21 vessels can take part in the second CLINSH round, allocated to the following techniques and fuels:

  • Already adapted vessel on LNG (liquid natural gas) and a similar sister vessel on regular fuel
  • Already adapted hybrid vessel and similar sister vessel on regular fuel
  • LNG-vessels that will run on diesel during a certain period
  • Vessels that will temporarily run on the new generation HVO-biodiesel
  • Vessels in which a euro VI motor, made suitable for use in a vessel, will be installed
  • Fuel Water Emulsion combined with the installation of a so-called SCR after-treatment
  • Fuel Water Emulsion combined with Gas to Liquid
  • SCR after-treatment combined with Gas to Liquid
  • Vessels on LNG, CNG (pressurized natural gas), SCR (DPF) and hybrid technique, to be used as a control group.


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 officially started on 1 September 2016, supported by the European LIFE Fund. The total projects costs exceed €8.5 million, which 17 partners in cooperation with the European LIFE Fund invest in various projects that support a sustainable inland shipping.