Port-Liner: Dutch shipowner builds first full electric inland ship - Friday April 13
Port-Liner is a start-up company that will introduce the concept of "zero emission" ships in the Inland Waterways Transport sector. In the course of this year 2018, Port-Liner will bring into operation the first fully electric ships. It will be 110m container barges, for services between the main ports of Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Antwerp, and inland terminals.
In the workshop we will address the various elements around this concept, including the technology involved, the economics and the associated infrastructural requirements such as recharging points. The workshop will, inevitably, touch upon the specific dynamics of the inland shipping sector at large and how that impacts the broader uptake of this concept.
The workshop will offer a good platform for an in-depth discussion on how "zero emission" in inland waterways could be introduced at larger scale and higher pace. Topics for discussion will include the role of public and private stakeholders, at local, regional and national levels, the role of the EU and the Commission for Navigation on the Rhine, regulations versus incentives, etcetera.
Status Port-Liner initiative
Port-Liner is in its startup phase, preparing to build and bring into operation a number of ‘zero emission’ inland shipping barges, mainly for container transport services between Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Antwerp and inland terminals in the Benelux and Germany. It will be a mixture of ship sizes, i.e. 110 metre container ships and 52-76 metre ‘Kempenaar’-sized barges. The first ships will be launched in the second half of 2018. EU CEF funding has been made available for six fully electric 110 metre ships. The Port of Antwerp will contribute to the development of barge services between the Kempen region and Antwerp; the five Kempenaars involved will be ‘zero emission’ ships as well.
Ton van Meegen (Owner/entrepreneur Port-Liner)
Moderator: Henk van Laar (Inland Waterways Expert)