CLean INland Shipping (CLINSH) is a European consortium promoting clean inland waterway transport. Within CLINSH 17 Dutch, Belgian, German and English public and private organizations work together. September 1st, 2016 the consortium CLINSH started the implementation of the CLINSH project with a Grant of the European fund LIFE. The province Zuid-Holland is the lead partner of the CLINSH project.

‚ÄčThe CLINSH project aims to reduce the impact of inland navigation on air quality (PM and NOx) in urban areas in Northwest Europe by greening the existing fleet. To do so the project will test and assess the impact of emission reduction technologies such as diesel particulate filters, catalysts, diesel-electric/hybrid propulsion and fuel water emulsion (FWE). Such technologies will be installed on 30 vessels and their effects will be monitored.

The CLINCH project will:

  • Monitor real time emissions from 30 ships during navigation, both before and after the installation of emission reduction equipment.
  • Produce an emission inventory of the entire Rhine fleet (~10,000 vessels) based on engine characteristics, age, dimensions of the vessel, sailing profile, sailing area, etc.
  • Develop air quality models for Northwest Europe and three sub-areas (Rotterdam, Antwerp and Cologne) using the emission inventory of the Rhine fleet, key figures from other sectors (e.g. industry, road transport, households) and taking into account the impact of meteorological conditions.
  • Formulate different scenarios for the greening of the European inland navigation fleet and assess their impact on air quality by using the air quality models.
  • Make policy recommendations based on the outcomes.