Project Summary

CLINSH is a European consortium promoting clean 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. Therefore CLINSH fits in the European Life Program. This program is a European financial instrument. It supports environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects throughout the EU. The province Zuid-Holland is the lead partner of the CLINSH project. The project runs from 1 September 2016 until 30 November 2021.

What's CLINSH going to do?  

Demonstration project

Within CLINSH 30 ships are being selected. The ships will be equiped, the performance of various emission reduction techniques and alternative fuels will be tested. 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. 
The measurement results are collected in a database. The results provide a tool for local, regional, national and European governments for (new) policies on the greening of waterways. The results also provide skippers more information about the most cost effective environmental measures for their ship.

Onshore Power Supply

In addition, CLINSH will highlight the benefits of shore power for local governments. Until now the energy needed for heating, lighting and other activities on board has mostly come from generators. A switch to shore power will help reduce ships’ emissions and improve the air quality around ports.

CLINSH; the main objective

Clinsh aims to:

  • 1. Demonstrate the effectiveness of greening measures in the Inland Waterway Sector 
  • 2. Stimulate the sector to personally take these greening measures
  • 3. Contribute to improving air quality.