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EU approves grant for inland shipping hydrogen project

The European Commission has awarded 0.5 million euros in funding for further research to the RH2INE partnership. The project regards the transport of cargo with hydrogen-powered inland vessels along the freight corridor between Rotterdam and Genoa.

EBIS transition to OCIMF announced

The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) and the European Barge Inspection Scheme (EBIS) announces the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to transition key elements of EBIS into OCIMF’s SIRE programme with the vision that a single barge inspection scheme within the inland European region will be achieved.

Emissions-free barge concept to be developed

Wärtsilä has joined a consortium to form Zero Emission Services B.V. (ZES), an enterprise aimed at making inland waterway shipping more sustainable. The other founders of ZES are ING Bank, energy and technical service provider Engie, and the Port of Rotterdam Authority. The concept is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.

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.

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