The port authorities of Rotterdam, Switzerland, Antwerp, Strasbourg, and Mannheim signed a joint venture at the end of last week. The venture aims LNG introducing and the parties will cooperate in the areas of research, promotion, transfer of knowledge, legislation and bunker infrastructure. The agreement follows the Rhine-Main-Danube corridor LNG Master plan, which involves all five parts in the venture. The master plan aims putting LNG to full scale use as an inland shipping fuel on the corridor.
The EU has already supported the LNG infrastructure for the Rhine-Main-Danube area with a €40 million subsidy. The LNG Master plan supports the Danser Group which has commenced the refit of its Eiger-Nordwand. It will be equipped with engines powered by LNG for 99 per cent.
The authority of Port of Rotterdam aims to develop the LNG market to its full potential, an LNG hub have to be open in Rotterdam before the end of next year.
“In order to realize this, the Port Authority is investing in infrastructure, is closely involved in the formation of the necessary national and international policy and legislation, and invests in cooperation with relevant partners,” said the authorities.
Currently, the port of Rotterdam has one special terminal, the Gate terminal, that is used for storage and handling of LNG. The terminal is operational since 2011. The first inland LNG-powered vessels that call Port of Rotterdam are the Greenstream and the Argonon.
Video of an inbound LNG carrier arriving at the Gate terminal: