LNG-Masterplan for Rhine-Main-Danube

Since 2013, three of the largest ports on the Upper Rhine – Mannheim (HGM),  Strasbourg (PAS) and the Swiss Ports (SRH) are engaging in the introduction of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) as alternative fuel solution for the inland waterway transport sector.

The initiative had been initiated by the TEN-T project LNG Masterplan for Rhine-Main-Danube, which was funded by the EU with 50 % – the share of SRH was 50 % by the Swiss Confederation and the cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft. The project contributed to the development of alternatives to mineral oil-based energy sources, which is necessary to meet the new EU limit values for nitrogen, sulphur and suspended matter. LNG has already proven itself for the transport of natural gas by sea for over 40 years, so there are already existing import infrastructures in the seaports. The methane gas liquefied by cooling to -163 °C under the name LNG has excellent properties: 600 times higher density than natural gas, as well as a purifying liquefaction process.

Within the framework of the LNG Master Plan, 34 partners from 13 countries have campaigned to create the starting conditions for the dissemination of LNG: Development and construction of prototypes for engines, ships, bunker stations and terminals, as well as preparatory studies for adapting existing regulations for shipping and land transport.

The three Upper Rhine ports of Mannheim, Strasbourg and Basel are key locations for a comprehensive continental supply network within the EU transport corridors due to their excellent connections to seaports such as Rotterdam and Antwerp, as well as their role as regional distribution centres for mineral oil. As part of the LNG project, they have therefore verified the feasibility of tank and storage facilities in the respective port areas in order to enable LNG supplies to ships, trucks and other end customers. The Mannheim port already offers mobile LNG refuelling and thus promotes investments in the modernisation of the inland waterway fleet. This puts the Upper Rhine at the forefront of European inland ports in the LNG area and demonstrates its commitment to clean and environmentally friendly transport of the future.

The LNG Masterplan project, whose results are summarised in the booklet “LNG – Liquified Natural Gas Fuel and Cargo for Inland Navigation”, ended on 31.12.2015. For the Upper Rhine, the end of the project is at the same time

Das Projekt LNG-Masterplan, dessen Ergebnisse im Booklet "LNG - Liquified Natural Gas Fuel and Cargo for Inland Navigation" zusammengefasst sind, ist am 31.12.2015 zu Ende gegangen. For the Upper Rhine, the end of the project is at the same time a completion of a series of necessary preparatory work and a starting point for further concrete implementations, which should gradually create a supply structure for LNG for different user groups on the Upper Rhine.

 Link: www.lngmasterplan.eu

Rhine Ports LNG truck to ship bunkering

Video: LNG truck-to-ship bunkering

Bunkering Mannheim

 LNG bunkering at the port of Mannheim

 LNG Masterplan final booklet

 LNG Masterplan final booklet