CLINSH for cleaner inland shipping

Zuid-Holland Province is joining Dutch, Belgian, German and British partners in a bid to make inland waterway shipping cleaner over the next four years. The province is lead partner in the CLean INland SHipping (CLINSH) project, set up to show that emission levels on inland waterways can be reduced.

CLINSH was officially launched on 1 September 2016 and is co-financed by the European LIFE fund, the EU funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The project has an overall budget of some € 8.5 million for the 17 consortium members to invest jointly in a range of activities to promote a sustainable inland waterway transport industry.

Cleaner inland shipping

Regional minister Rik Janssen: “The inland waterway transport sector is a key link in the logistic chain. With its large and varied shipping fleet the sector is a reliable partner for moving bigger volumes and specific products. To safeguard its future competitiveness the sector must now invest in cleaner vessels. CLINSH is helping them to do so.”

To help reduce emissions the CLINSH partners are testing innovative technologies, alternative fuels and the Walstroom shore-side electricity supply system. The effect will then be permanently monitored on 30 vessels. The resultant data will give local, regional, national and international government and other organisations a handle for policy making. CLINSH will also offer barge masters an inventory of business cases as an incentive for the fleet to adopt more sustainability measures.

CLINSH consortium

The consortium of Dutch, Belgian, German and British partners was formed on the invitation of the European Commission Directorate General for the Environment. Its members include ports, universities and shipping industry organisations. The partners work in tandem and contribute financially to measures promoting cleaner waterway transport. Partnership and funding at European level are essential for the financing of this transition in the inland waterway industry. Inland shipping is after all an industry that transgresses national borders.

Next steps

The project will be given further shape in the weeks ahead. Developments include the start of a European tender procedure to arrive at a selection of 30 vessels to participate in the demonstration project. The official launch meeting is scheduled for 27 October 2016 in Düsseldorf. Consortium and other interested parties will be informed of the results via a website, newsletters and social media.