CLINSH sustainable fleet trial expanded

CLINSH 41 ships from three European countries are now participating in the pilot project. Image: CLINSH

Six new ships are joining the CLINSH (CLean INland SHipping) sustainable pilot project to assess the cost and effectiveness of emission-control technologies and alternative fuels in actual practice.

The ships were selected as part of a European tender process. With 41 ships from three European countries participating in the pilot project, the fleet is complete.

Measuring equipment is being installed on every ship that is participating in the CLINSH practical trials, after which ship emissions will be monitored and measured on a continuous basis.

Exploring capabilities

The trial is expected to yield invaluable information about the environmental performance and operating costs associated with the various technologies.

Ships participating in the CLINSH project run on different engines and fuels and use sustainable technology, such as catalysers, and diesel particulate filters.

Participating skippers receive compensation for any modifications to their ship. The data collected by the ships will yields insights into the environmental benefits of the various technologies.

It will also allow skippers and ship owners to better understand the financial and environmental business cases for specific investments.

This is practical information that will benefit other skippers and authorities, financial institutions and interest groups that want to contribute to a more sustainable inland shipping industry.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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