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New €250 million fund to boost Dutch shipping

The Netherlands has initiated the NesecShipping Debt Fund, under which institutional investors and the Province of Groningen will offer financing for Dutch shipowners who are planning to acquire (or re-build) short-sea vessels.

Port of Rotterdam: Advice on dealing with inland container services

Chain parties in the port of Rotterdam launched a set of guidelines, providing recommendations to shippers and/or freight forwarders when it comes to influencing the development of a more transparent and efficient structure for the inland container shipping chain.

Operation of first electric ferry in Greece announced

The Electric Boat & Ship Association Greece (EBA Greece) announced that the first electric ferry boat in Greece is expected to launch in the near future, serving the Aigio – Agios Nikolaos (Doridos) route in the Gulf of Corinth, which has stopped operating since 2011.

Partnership for an inland navigation project in South America

Hidrovias do Brasil, the logistics provider has partnered up with naval architect firm Robert Allan Ltd for the development of a two-stage inland navigation project in South America which “forecasts the development of LNG river convoys and the intention on deployment of the first fully electric pushboat in the world.”

Electric boat to handle inland waterways’ and harbours’ pollution

The Waste Cleaner 66, reported to be the world’s most powerful all-electric boat designed for cleaning up pollution in inland waterways and harbors, includes technology that enables it to collect up to 700 kg (1543 lb) of solid waste and 1,000L (263 gal) of liquid waste, including hydrocarbons.

India sees first container movement on Brahmaputra

The Indian Ministry of Shipping announced that a container cargo consignment voyaged on inland waterways from Haldia Dock Complex (HDC) to the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) terminal at Pandu in Guwahati on 4 November 2019, making it the first ever containerised cargo movement on this Inland Water Transport (IWT) route.

Port of Brussels showcases inland shipping zero-emission solutions

During a green inland shipping event that took place on 16 October, five innovative vessels called at the Port of Brussels to show technological solutions for cutting CO2 and air emissions to a minimum. These included zero-emission technologies, such as battery-electric, gas-electric, ultra clean biofuel power drive-trains and hydrogen. 

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