New programme funds LNG in maritime navigation

The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is funding the equipping and retrofitting of seagoing vessels for liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. The goal of the new funding programme is to advance the use of LNG in German maritime navigation. Funding will be made available from the Mobility and Fuel Strategy (German abbrev.: MKS).

LNG as a marine fuel contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gases and air pollutant emissions. As opposed to conventional, oil-based marine fuels, LNG does not cause any sulphuric oxide emissions (SOx). Compared to conventional fuels, nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx) are reduced by up to 90 per cent and particle emissions by approx. 98 per cent. In addition to the development of LNG refuelling infrastructure and the equipping and retrofitting of ships, the BMVI is also modernising the federal fleet with alternative propulsion systems.

A first call for project proposals is currently being drafted. Companies that own a ship or are planning to construct a new ship, as well as bodies and institutions incorporated under public law are eligible to apply.

The Mobility and Fuel Strategy of the federal government (MKS) is the central platform for the organisation of the energy transition in transport and thus for the achievement of the energy and climate protection policy goals. The NOW National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology is tasked with accompanying the BMVI in the further development of the Mobility and Fuel Strategy and in terms of concrete funding measures for their implementation.

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