The Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine (CCNR) has followed the launch of the LNG project database (Oct 2013) with the addition of an interactive map developed to display all currently operative and planned LNG infrastructures and vessels in Europe. The Observatory of European Inland Navigation database was set up in response to the growing need for visibility and transparency for the growing number of LNG activities on the waterways of Europe.
For the shipping industry which is increasingly making use of LNG in order to reduce its air pollutant emissions, these new functions are intended to make it easier for stakeholders to identify potential partners and synergies. Four inland vessels with LNG propulsion are already in operation, and more than 25 LNG vessels – for use on inland waterways or the Wadden Sea – are currently under development. With one single click, it is now possible to view the overall state of progress in the implementation of LNG technology.
The LNG information platform is an initiative of the CCNR in partnership with Nationaal LNG Platform, LNG-Initiative Nordwest and MariTIM by MARIKO GmbH, TaskForce LNG Noord-Nederland/Energy Valley as well as LNG Masterplan Rhine-Main-Danube coordinators Pro Danube Management GmbH and Port of Rotterdam Authority. The extended platform is also one of the CCNR’s first achievements in implementing its “VISION 2018 for sustainable inland navigation” adopted at the end of last year. VISION 2018 calls, among other things, for encouraging innovation in favour of alternative fuels (more information at www.vision2018.org).
The LNG portal is freely accessible at www.inland-navigation.org/observatory/innovation-technologies/lng/.(Source: CCNR)