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Clean North Sea Shipping: Competitive Marine Transport Services and Reduction of Emission - a North Sea Model


Project timeline
October 2010
36 months
September 2013
General Information
Ship traffic is steadily increasing and therewith exhaust emissions from ships become more and more important as a significant source of air pollution. For this reason ship owners and manufacturers as well as port authorities plan for the next generation of cleaner ships that use alternative fuels like liquefied natural gas (LNG) and land based power for ships in harbors.

CNSS will focus on emission and greenhouse gas reduction from ships, using studies to reveal the status of air quality in ports and surrounding areas. The partnership of CNSS (ports, business, regions, public authorities, NGOs, research institutes) will change this by creating transparency on cost-efficient technology solutions and develop and improve the introduction of successful air quality programs. The present challenge is to develop and implement environmentally friendly, cost-effective concepts and practical solutions in line with upcoming standards.

The CNSS project will quantify the impact of different measures to reduce ship exhaust emissions on the air quality in the North Sea region. For this purpose ship emission inventories will be improved. Chemistry transport model calculations will be performed to quantify the contribution of ships to air pollution in coastal areas today and in future.

Promoting the development of efficient and effective logistics solutions, the maritime transport system (ships, ports and surrounding areas) will step into a transition processes to meet the demands of enlargement and sustainable development at the same time.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaINTERREG IVB North Sea Region Program
Project TypeINTERREG project
Contract NumberN/A
Co-ordinatorHordaland County Council, Norway
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
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Worldwide Europe

Bergen Kommune (NO), BKK (NO), City of Hamburg, Ministry of Urban Development and Environment (DE), DCMR Environmental Protection Agency (NL), Gasnor AS (NO), Germanischer Lloyd (DE), Groningen Seaport (NL), Harlingen Seaport (NL), Hordaland County Council (NO), MARIKO GmbH (DE), Port of Antwerp (BE), Port of Bergen Authority (NO), Port of Gothenburg (SE), Shipbuilders & Shiprepairers Association (UK), Stadtwerke Lübeck GmbH (DE), Swedish Marine Technology Forum (SE), University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK)
Last Update: 16. April 2021