CLINSH - CLean INland SHipping


CLINSH is a European consortium promoting clean inland waterway transport. Within CLINSH Dutch, Belgian, German and English public and private organizations work together.

The main objective of CLINSH is to improve air quality in urban areas by accelerating emission reductions in Inland Waterway Transport. Despite several improvements Inland Waterway Transport is still a major source of air pollution.

 September 1st, 2016 the consortium CLINSH started the implementation of the CLINSH project with a Grant of the European fund LIFE.

The performance of various emission reduction techniques and alternative fuels will be tested on 30 ships. Before and after these adjustments the ships emissions (NOx and PM) will be monitored in real life conditions.

Also the chances for further introduction of onshore power supply will be investigated.

Measurement results are collected in a database that provides a tool for local, regional, national and European governments for (new) policies on the greening of waterways. Also, these data provide skippers with more insight into the most cost effective environmental measures for their ship.

The CLINSH consortium aims to:

  • demonstrate the effectiveness of greening measures in the IWT sector
  • stimulate the sector to personally take these greening measures
  • contribute to improving air quality.
    The province Zuid-Holland is the lead partner of the CLINSH project.

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CLINSH contributes to …

Clean air in the vicinity of inland waterways particularly in highly densed populated areas

A sustainable and future proof inland waterway transport sector

The development of financial, legal and economical incentives for the inland shipping sector