The port authorities of Antwerp, Mannheim, Rotterdam, Strasbourg and Switzerland have signed a joint venture for the introduction of LNG.
The venture involves cooperation in research, promotion, knowledge transfer, legislation and bunker infrastructure. The agreements follow the LNG Master plan of the Rhine-Main-Danube corridor, in which all port participants are involved. The aim of this plan is to use LNG as fuel for inland shipping on the Rhine-Main-Danube corridor.
The European Union has provided a subsidy of €40 million to support an LNG infrastructure for the Rhine-Main-Danube area. The Danser Group, supported by the LNG Master plan, has commenced refitting its Eiger-Nordwand tow boat to be powered by LNG.
The cooperation ties in with the Port of Rotterdam Authority’s aim to see the market for LNG as a fuel develop to its full potential, and to open an LNG hub in Rotterdam before the end of 2015. The Port Authority currently invests in infrastructure, is closely involved in the formation of the necessary national and international policy and legislation, and invests in cooperation with relevant partners.
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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