As of immediately, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI –Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur) is supporting the equipping and conversion of seafaring vessels to run on liquid natural gas (LNG). Eligible to apply are companies that are the owners of the ships in question or those planning the construction of new vessels, along with public corporations and institutions. Depending on the size of the company, projects may be supported with funding up to 60 percent of the eligible costs. Applications can be lodged electronically within the scope of this first call for submissions until 28 February 2018.
The funding programme aims to accelerate the deployment of LNG in the areas of German maritime transport as LNG produces no sulphur oxide emissions, reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 90 percent and decreases particle emissions by up to 90 percent, compared with conventional fuels. The funds supporting this programme will be made available from the Mobility and Fuels Strategy (MKS – Mobilitäts- und Kraftstoffstrategie) of the federal government.
Details on the funding guideline and first call for submissions are available here, as of immediately.
The funding procedure and requirements along with the documentation necessary for making applications is explained in detail in the call for submissions. The granting authority is the Federal Agency for Administrative Services (BAV – Bundesanstalt für Verwaltungsdienstleistungen). The direct link to the application, information regarding necessary forms along with a document checklist (all in German only) can be found on the BAV homepage.
The Federal Government’s Mobility and Fuels Strategy (MKS) is the central platform for shaping the energy transition in the transport sector and thereby for achieving energy and climate protection policy goals. The National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW) is tasked with supporting the BMVI in further developing the MKS as well as the concrete funding measures for its implementation. More informationen on the MKS.