Port of Rotterdam: incentive scheme climate-friendly shipping

10 September 2021

The Port of Rotterdam Authority has set up an incentive scheme to support innovative projects involving alternative fuels in sea-going shipping. The scheme started on 21 January 2019 and will continue until 31 December 2022. The aim is to considerably reduce CO2 emissions and to give a boost to projects that are perhaps difficult to get off the ground without financial support. Any party that aims to use alternative fuels to help reduce sea-going vessels’ CO₂ footprint can register. This includes: shippers, charterers, shipping companies, fuel producers and suppliers, and engine manufacturers. Applications need to meet the following criteria:

  • The alternative fuel should be used for a seagoing vessel’s propulsion;
  • The alternative fuel should be a biofuel or synthetic fuel, or it must involve the application of electricity or fuel cells;
  • If biofuels are used, they must be advanced biofuels, produced from residual and waste streams;
  • The alternative fuel should result in a CO₂ reduction of over 50% compared with the current gas oil and diesel oil;
  • The alternative fuel in question needs to be bunkered within the port of Rotterdam.

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