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Hybrid (Freight) Sailing: Sustainable Approaches and innovative Liaisons


Project timeline
March 2012
40 months
June 2015
General Information
Air pollution caused by ship emissions and the steadily increasing use of fossil fuels by ships has become a major concern. This asks for alternative, more sustainable ways to sail ships which need to be explored now. Alternative propulsion systems for (freight) sailing, defined here “as hybrid sailing concepts”, have high potentials, due to rising oil prices and environmental aspects. Hybrid sailing concepts can lead to new business opportunities, job creation, more attractive regions and a more sustainable future.
S@IL aims at the development and operation of competitive sustainable hybrid sailing concepts. The project will explore the market opportunities of hybrid sailing including wind conditions in the North Sea region and the possible reduction in air emissions. The task of Hereon is to perform chemistry transport model calculations and to quantify the contribution of hybrid sailing to reduced air pollution in coastal regions. The project gives a unique opportunity to interact with shipping companies, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), local authorities (all of which are important stakeholder of Hereon in the context of coastal research applications) and other science partners.
S@il will build capacity, develop, improve and test concepts, develop business cases, build alliances and will embed hybrid sailing in policy and society. A Strategic Sustainable Sea Transport Plan and a Communication Plan will guarantee project follow up and implementation.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaINTERREG IVB North Sea Region Program
Project TypeINTERREG project
Contract NumberINTERREG IVB North Sea Region Program
Co-ordinatorProvince of Fryslan, NL
Total Eligible Costs (€) Hereon Eligible Costs (€) EC Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Volker Matthias, Institute for Coastal Research, KBC Phone: +49 4152 87 2346 Fax: +49 4152 87 2366
E-mail contact
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Aalborg Universitet (DK), Ameland Shipping (NL), Avel Vortechnologie (FR), C-job (NL), Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (UK), ECO Council (DK), E&E Consultant (FR), Fairtransport bv (NL), Jade Hochschule (DE), MARINVEST (SE), Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (NL), Municipality Port of Harlingen (NL), Northern University of Applied Science (NL), Port of Oostende (BE), Province of Fryslan (NL), Stichting de Noordzee/Northsea Foundation (NL), University of Plymouth (UK)
S@il website
Last Update: 16. April 2021