The measuring equipment for the practical trials of the CLean INland SHipping project (CLINSH) is now available. Real-time emissions measurements on board the first vessels will soon get underway. The goal of CLINSH is to achieve clean and sustainable inland shipping.
The measuring equipment for the project is being provided by Multronic. This company was awarded the contract on the basis of a European tender that was recently completed.
The relevant adaptations to motors have already been carried out on some vessels in the first group of 26 participants. The European tender for the second group of vessels will open on 13 April.
On board the participating vessels, emissions will be measured in real time over a one or two-year period, depending on the motor. This will provide valuable information about the environmental performance of each vessel following the implementation of various emissions-control technologies and/or the use of alternative fuels. The aim is to reduce emissions of harmful substances (nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, in particular).
Collecting and interpreting the data
The data collected on board will provide a sound basis for policy at the local, regional and national levels and for international bodies and authorities. By looking at this data, policy-makers can design new emissions-control policies for existing inland shipping. CLINSH will also analyse the business cases for the various measures examined for shipping operators, and use this information to encourage further progress on the environmental sustainability of the sector.
Interim results will be posted regularly on the CLINSH website (www.clinsh.eu), and these will also be made available through press releases and at meetings.