Sustainable Inland Shipping project calls to focus on results not certificates
Sustainable inland shipping is within reach, but calls for a different approach from ports, transport companies and shippers. This is according to the partners in the European LIFE-project CLINSH (CLean INland SHipping).
Rather than focusing on certificates for particular engines and environmental systems, the CLINSH project thinks that we should actually be looking at the environmental benefits achieved by the vessel skippers.
"Inland shipping is a sustainable form of transport in itself", argues Rik Janssen, member of the Zuid-Holland provincial executive, who chairs the CLINSH consortium. "But it can be even more sustainable. Until now, customers and port authorities have been focusing on specific types of engines and environmental systems. This is despite the fact that our measurements in practice have revealed that other ships can be at least as clean as certified ships. In other words, improving the sustainability of inland shipping can be cheaper, faster and more efficient!"
An important part of CLINSH is the practical trial of sustainable inland shipping. In it, advanced equipment is being used to continually monitor the actual emissions of 35 inland vessels during use. The vessels participating in the trial are using a variety of engines and fuels and sustainable technologies such as catalytic converters, aftertreatment systems and particulate filters. Skippers taking part receive a payment for any modifications required to their vessels and as compensation for their efforts. The data they collect is being used to identify the environmental benefits of the various technologies. The trial will also offer an insight into the business case for skippers or vessel owners – demonstrating whether a particular investment is financially and environmentally worthwhile. This provides useful information for other skippers and for government bodies, financial institutions and special-interest organisations that wish to contribute to sustainable inland shipping.
Currently, skippers who can demonstrate that they have a clean sustainable vessel qualify for specific advantages. These include discounts on mooring fees and port dues and a higher price for freight transport. However, individual skippers often face significant investments when improving the sustainability of their vessels. At the same time, technologies for which no certificate is available offer no operational advantages. As a result, there are still untapped opportunities for further improving the sustainability of the entire European fleet of inland vessels. The CLINSH partners aim to change that by identifying the environmental benefit of all available technologies.
CLINSH is a demonstration project that aims to chart the effectiveness and costs of emission-reducing technologies and alternative fuels in practice. CLINSH is supported by the European LIFE fund. With a total cost of more than € 8.5 million, the project aims to enable 16 partners from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom to invest with the European LIFE fund in a range of projects that contribute to sustainable inland shipping.
View the CLINSH Video: Practical trials & onshore power supply – the latest experiences https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDVEbNKnuT8&feature=youtu.be
Download the publication 'Talking about CLINSH – The human factor of inland shipping' https://www.clinsh.eu/documents.html
Posted 2019-04-02 10:10:21
Development of technical profiles and training curriculum for the ports and logistics sector
The European ONBOARD project, of which Marine South East is a partner, is aiming to design and validate an apprenticeship model for the ports and logistics sector.
The project partners recently met in Ireland to exchange their thoughts and discuss further developments related to the next steps and activities of the project. Also, the discussions allowed the definition of a detailed work plan for the next period of the project, namely:
* The national workshops and interviews being performed in Portugal, Ireland and the United Kingdom, currently, for the validation of the qualification profiles and training curricula for the ports and logistics sector;
* The Apprenticeships' Model to support and guide educational & training organizations and companies of the sector, to strengthen the cooperation and communication in all stages of an apprenticeships' schemes;
* The training of professionals of the apprenticeships' schemes, endowing them with the necessary knowledge and tools to better support trainees at the workplace. With it, it is fostered better cooperation between educational & training organizations, trainees and companies of the apprenticeship's schemes.
To stay updated about the activities and results of the project, please visit http://onboard-project.eu/onboard/
If you are interested in taking part in the national validation workshops and interviews please contact Andreia Monteiro at email@example.com
OnBoard is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme.
Posted 2019-03-29 12:48:25
Opportunities for businesses to provide smart energy solutions for island communities and off-grid locations
Businesses offering smart energy-efficient solutions such as offshore renewable energy, energy storage systems, smart grid systems, alternative fuels etc are being invited to sign up to the Intelligent Community Energy (ICE) European Project.
Companies that can supply electricity solutions will be able to promote their technologies and services in order to develop business opportunities to supply remote island and isolated off-grid communities including Ushant Island.
Many remote communities and islands have no connection to wider electricity distribution systems and are dependent on imported energy supplies, typically fossil fuel driven. These energy systems tend to be less reliable, more expensive and produce more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than mainland grid systems.
Supported by Interreg VA France (Channel) England, the Intelligent Community Energy (ICE) project aims to facilitate the design and implementation of innovative smart energy solutions for isolated territories of the Channel area that face unique energy challenges.
An 'ICE' label will be awarded to applying companies to certify they have expertise in smart grids and their solutions are suited to isolated territories and are transferable. The 'ICE' label will offer commercial opportunities, testing possibilities and a package of support including market intelligence, networking and matchmaking events, increased market exposure and support to identify funding sources. The project is looking to sign up companies within the entire energy cycle from production through to consumption.
There will be opportunities for the smart energy solutions to be implemented and tested at real pilot demonstration sites in the UK and France. This project offers businesses a reduced competitiveness hurdle to access new markets and a possible launch-pad for the internationalisation of new technologies.
The smart energy solutions must be able to provide solutions or services within the framework of low carbon energy models for isolated territories.
For more information about eligibility and selection criteria please visit:
Applications can be submitted through the online form available at the following link: