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CCNR Symposium on the LNG strategy for inland navigation and ports

14 October 2015

At the initiative of the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR) and its partners (National LNG platform, LNG Masterplan, Pro Danube, Port of Antwerp, Port of Rotterdam, Energy Valley, LNG Initiative Nordwest, Mariko), an international symposium on the LNG (liquefied natural gas) strategy for inland navigation took place on 8 October at the Maison de la Région Alsace in Strasbourg.

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This symposium attracted more than 100 participants from numerous European countries concerned by the issue of the use, carriage and supply of LNG for inland navigation and ports.

Three panel discussions provided a platform for exploring thinking, initially on supply infrastructure and regulationrelated issues, then on market and commercial strategy-related issues and finally on collaboration and the financing of activities relating to the development of innovative projects using LNG.

Participants urged greater coherence in the support provided by the European Union for the development of LNG, and in particular a strengthening of legal certainty in the context of the new regulations on emissions by non-road mobile machinery, currently being discussed within the European Union. Indeed, the development of LNG must be accompanied by ambitious emissions limits, as well all test cycles that are more representative of real operating conditions, without however requiring additional investment in the form of post-treatment systems.

Shipowners reported at first hand on their experience with LNG-propelled vessels. Even if the current market situation was assessed as being difficult on
account of the steep fall in the price of oil, the global oversupply of LNG could be a good medium to longterm leading indicator of the future competitiveness
of LNG. Taking advantage of potential cost reductions as regards LNG equipment, especially tanks, and progress in setting up the supply chain could further accelerate the introduction of LNG in inland navigation.

It was pointed out that the CCNR has played an active role in developing a regulatory framework governing the use of LNG as a fuel by inland vessels,
thus supporting the profession’s efforts to reduce both pollution and greenhouse gas emissions by the inland navigation sector and its operating costs. Following an initial regulatory package adopted in June, the entire body of regulation applicable to vessels using LNG as a fuel will be adopted by the end of the year, ensuring high safety standards and, at the same time, the necessary legal certainty for investors. In particular, those taking part in the symposium emphasised their interest in stable technical requirements for vessels and a harmonised bunker checklist.

This information is based on the press release published by the CCNR.

pdf CCNR Press Release, 13 October 2015 (EN)
pdf CCNR Press Release, 13 October 2015 (FR)
pdf CCNR Press Release, 13 October 2015 (DE)
pdf CCNR Press Release, 13 October 2015 (NL)

Pilot course for personnel working in LNG terminals

14 September 2015

The Romanian Maritime Training Centre - CERONAV held on 8-10 September 2015 in the Ruse, Bulgaria a training course for personnel working in LNG terminals. The course was organised in the framework of the LNG Masterplan project and is the last one in a series of four, which were organized by CERONAV during a three-year period of project implementation.

All pilot courses which were  organized on due completion of each new curriculum and associated lesson materials have rewarded the efforts paid by CERONAV team being received with greatest interest by participants.

The first pilot course LNG for bunkering personnel was held in July 2014 in Constanta, in CERONAV premises with employees of Bernard Schulte as trainees and with Teodor Popa and George Martinas as lecturers. The second pilot course LNG as fuel, organized in December 2014, again in Ceronav Constanta premises brought together trainees from Bernard Schulte Romania and was delivered by Teodor Popa, Roman Iulian and Daniel Costea.The third pilot course, LNG as cargo, was also successfully completed in April 2015, in Galati with employees of Navrom and Ceronav itself.

Active participation of trainees in exercises in groups and on simulators as well as feedback received in the evaluation questionnaires testified to the success of the pilot courses, trainees explicitly stating they had little prior knowledge, if at all, on LNG and disastrous consequences of non-compliance with appropriate safety rules and regulations and that their abilities and skills had been considerably improved.

First LNG Masterplan deliverables have been published

20 July 2015

The first final deliverables released by the LNG Masterplan Consortium have been recently published in the "Download" section of the project website. In the first two weeks, the page attracted more than 200 visitors. The list will be continuously updated with the newest reports, so stay tuned!

Pilot Class "LNG in Inland Waterway Transport" successfully executed by STC-Group

16 July 2015

PilotOn 22-24 June 2015, STC-Group organised the fourth pilot class focussing on aspects related to the transport of LNG.  As part of the sub-activity dealing with education and training requirements, this course has been developed in close cooperation with both the inland shipping industry and competent organisations like classification societies and port authorities.

PilotTP2The course comprised topics like general LNG knowledge, safety and emergency procedures, transfer checklists and LNG containment systems and tanks. Changes in the ADN legislation - which came into force on 1 January 2015 – relating to the transport of liquefied methane were all incorporated. As a starter, several e-learning modules were used to get a basic understanding which were followed by classes discussing concepts like applicable legislation, tank design, heat transfer coefficients and holding times.

PilotTPA hands-on experience was gained at the Tanker Training Facility where, in a safe environment, a transfer of LNG can be simulated, aimed at improving communicational competences. The course was completed by a digital exam which was passed successfully by all participants.

First Roundtable for elaborating the LNG Strategy for implementation of LNG in inland water transport was successfully carried in Rotterdam

10 July 2015

LNG MP 1st RT 4Another project milestone was reached by drafting the Masterplan document, which will elaborate the strategy for the deployment of LNG as fuel for inland vessels and as cargo. The inclusion of the key stakeholders, addressed by the Masterplan, is done with the help of three expert Roundtables which have the goal to validate findings and lessons learned from the project and to collect additional expert input.

The First Roundtable, organised on 6 July 2015, was hosted by the Port of Rotterdam. More than 30 experts from all over Europe, representing governmental and private organisations, NGOs and professional associations, discussed development scenarios that have an impact on the LNG market uptake. The two most important factors were the price gap between LNG and diesel fuel and the foreseen emission regulations. The afternoon session focused the discussion on two selected themes: (1) Markets & Financing and (2) Jobs & Skills, for which a list of already identified barriers – impacts – actions – measures was prepared by the project consortium.

The First Roundtable discussion validated the results drawn by the project team and added new aspects that will be taken up in the Masterplan document. The next Roundtable discussion will be held on 1 September 2015, hosted by the Port of Antwerp and will focus on Vessels & Equipment and LNG Infrastructure.

LNG Masterplan project presented at international conferences

6 July 2015

forumThe Bucharest Forum Energy 2015 and the CNG-LNG Conference in Gödöllö, Hungary are two international events where the LNG Masterplan project was disseminated in June 2015.

The Bucharest Forum Energy 2015 took place on 25-26 June 2015. The event was organised by the Aspen Institute Romania in partnership with the Government of Romania, with the support of PWC, the GMFUS - Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation and the National Development Committee.

Mr Manfred Seitz, LNG Masterplan project Coordinator, was invited to take part in the finance session dedicated to large scale energy projects and to present the project rationale and its main success stories. The presentation was very much appreciated and Pro Danube was congratulated for intiating and coordinating such a highly ambitious project.

The CNG-LNG Conference organized on 2 June 2015 in Gödöllö was part of the Hungarian programme of the European Sustainable Development Week. The approximately 200 participants could listen to presentations on the status of CNG usage in Hungary, public utility programmes and other technology and market development topics. During the conference, an exhibition was set up with the involvement of truck manufacturers, fuelling station equipment providers and personal cars running on CNG. Mr Robert Rafael presented the LNG Masterplan project,  including technical details and tangible results. The presentation was highly appreciated and the project consortium was congratulated for its work.

LNG Masterplan project disseminated at the TEN-T Days 2015

3 July 2015

tent day1 033The Latvian Presidency of the European Union ended on 22-23 June 2015 in Riga with the hosting of the TEN-T Days. The event brought together more than 1.000 participants from all around the Europe to discuss the latest developments and opportunities for the trans-European transportation network.

DSC00011The LNG Masterplan project was presented by Pro Danube Management, who hosted an exhibition stand and participated as the panellist in the Workshop on "Natural gas and bio-methane as fuel for Transport" moderated by NGVA Europe. The LNG Masterplan exhibition stand received many visitors showing an interest in LNG, the activities carried out in the project as well as about possible follow-up projects.

DSC00047In parallel to the project exhibition, an outdoor showcase of vehicles and machinery running on alternative fuels such as CNG and hydrogen and as well with electric driven propulsion systems was held.

LNG Masterplan Consortium releases new LNG INFO Brochure

25 June 2015

LNG INFOIn June 2015, the LNG Masterplan Consortium released the second edition of the LNG INFO brochure. This edition provides information about the development of the regulatory framework regarding LNG as cargo and as fuel, it offers an insight into some of the project's success stories, namely the pilot deplyoments and it shares the most notable lessons learned.

In its inlay you may find general information about the project, the partners involved and a summary of the main project deliverables. The brochure may be downloaded from the PR Material section of the LNG Masterplan website.

LNG Masterplan project was presented in the Parliament Magazine

25 June 2015

parliament magazineThe LNG Masterplan project and it outcomes has recently been promoted in the 1st of June edition of the Parliament Magazine next to the Decarbonisation of Transport feature.
The Parliament Magazine is the magazine for the European Parliament and the European Commission. It is published once every two weeks since 1996 and 2,500 copies are distributed directly to all Members of the European Parliament, senior members of the Commission and various EU institutions as well as key EU stakeholders. Its digital version is distributed to 65,000 other contacts.

The article about the LNG Masterplan project can be found on pages 58-59 and can be downloaded here.

PLATINA II project consortium releases IWT Greening Tool initiative

28 May 2015

Within the PLATINA II project, the project consortium released the European Greening Tool for Inland Waterway Transport, which is an initiative meant to offer vessel owners/operators, policy makers or other stakeholders state-of-the-art information about the different retrofit greening option technologies currently available for application on existing vessels. This tool also gives an estimate of the return on investment for different greening options as well as its potential impact on emissions based on the best available information. Greening technologies are constantly being developed and fine-tuned. In this respect, the initiative aims at keeping the information up-to-date by including the latest known results of ongoing research in the field of greening of the fleet. Interested parties may help enhance the tool and make it more user-friendly by sending their feedback to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information, you may refer to the initiative's website here.

PLATINA II is funded by the European Union (DG-MOVE) under the 7th Framework Programme for RTD.