The port said innovative inland shipping bodies can now submit a request for financial support. Applications can be submitted to the Inland Shipping Expertise and Innovation Centre (EICB) until 28 February 2018.

The Incentive Scheme is open for applications from companies, public law organisations or combinations of these. The maximum amounts are 25% for eligible research projects and 75% for projects focusing on concrete implementation of tangible initiatives.

An independent Innovation Council will then assess the proposals. Ranking will take place based on the expected environmental returns (reduction in fuel consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and air emissions) per euro invested in the initiative in the Rotterdam region up to 2025.