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US announces funding to reduce emissions from diesel engines

The US EPA announced the availability of grant funding to modernize the country’s diesel fleet by retrofitting or replacing vehicles with cleaner, more efficient diesel engines. Through its Diesel Emission Reduction Program, EPA anticipates awarding approximately $40 million to eligible applicants.

EU funds German LNG infrastructure project

Under its ‘Connecting Europe Facility’ program, the European Commission has funded a project aimed at paving the way for LNG as fuel to trucks and inland waterway vessels in Germany. Berlin-based Liquind announced it will start construction of ten LNG stations after an EU grant of 3.3 million euros.

World’s largest short sea Ro-Ro ship named in Dublin port

The world’s largest short sea Ro-Ro vessel, owned by Luxembourg-based CLdN, was christened in a ceremony at Dublin Port, on 20 April. With a capacity of 8,000 lane-meters, and a length of 235 metres, ‘MV Celine’ represents the next generation of super ferries servicing the Irish Port.

Initiatives to improve inland container shipping sector

The top-level consultations in the inland container shipping sector concluded to a number of results. These results show that shippers, forwarders, barge operators, inland terminals, deep sea terminals and shipping companies take the congestion issues in the port of Rotterdam seriously and want to make a joint effort to resolve them.

European inland shipping sector commits to emissions reduction

The European inland shipping sector has signed the Declaration of Nijmegen in the Netherlands, on 13 April, reflecting the commitment of the sector to expedite the greening process in the years ahead, to uphold its competitiveness vis-à-vis road and rail transport, as well as to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% by 2030.

Suzhou deploys 177 electric boats to clean up water

Under a program to clean up its canals and waterways, the City of Suzhou in eastern China has commissioned 177 electric workboats, designed specifically to remove floating debris from the water. The river Suzhou Creek, which flows through the city to Shanghai, was once the most contaminated waterways in China.

Washington funds state ferries conversion to hybrid electric

Washington Governor signed the 2018 state transportation budget, which includes a US$600,000 research fund to Washington State Ferries, to explore conversion of three ferries in the state fleet from diesel to hybrid electric, up to 2019. The three selected vessels of the Jumbo Mark II Class consume 26% of the fuel in the WSF fleet.

First fully electric ferries to operate in Canada

The Government of Ontario has accepted Damen’s proposal to build two ferries with full electric propulsion, to operate in the Canadian waters of the Great Lakes. The vessels will be the first fully electric, non-cable vessels in Canada, estimated to reduce emissions by the equivalent of 7 million kg carbon dioxide per year.

New initiative to promote digitisation in inland shipping

Bremenports will take part in a project sponsored by the European Union to address how can inland shipping benefit from digitisation. The project is called #IWTS 2.0 and aims to promote innovative solutions for handling barge cargoes. The project also aims to strengthen the role of inland shipping in vocational training institutions.

New project to enhance the Danube – Black Sea region

A strategic document called General Vision 2040 is being developed to define the joint direction for the economic, regional and logistical development of the Danube – Black Sea region. The document wants to provide clear guidance for the future development of the region by presenting key objectives and operational goals.


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