The first ever LNG retrofitted inland waterway vessel was delivered to Danser Group in Rotterdam last month. The Eiger-Nordwand is now propelled by a dual-fuel drive system that can run on both LNG and diesel.
The European Union provided a significant support by financing 50% of the gas related components of the conversion as part of the LNG Masterplan Rhine-Main-Danube' project that benefits overall from 40 million of EU support. Richard Ferrer, Senior Project Manager at the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency of the European Commission says there will be more funding available for similar projects.
"More funds will become available soon with the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). Calls for project proposals will be published by September 2014. Public and private project promoters that want to start using LNG or other alternative fuels may be eligible to apply for financial support under specific conditions", says Richard Ferrer.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority coordinates the LNG Masterplan for the Rhine area, in which the port of Rotterdam plays an important role as a hub for the supply of LNG to vessels and trucks. The Gate terminal at the Maasvlakte is Rotterdam's LNG import, regasification and re-export location. The port of Rotterdam was already the first European port where truck-to-barge bunkering of LNG was allowed and as of July 1st 2014, also ship-to-ship bunkering is possible.
Source: Port of Rotterdam
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