LNG-Masterplan für Rhein-Main-Donau




Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bettar Ould el Moctar
Dipl.-Ing. Klemens Hitzbleck
Dipl.-Ing. Klemens Hitzbleck

Project Description

The EU-funded project LNG-Masterplan for Rhine-Main-Danube dealt with various aspects related to the use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as fuel for inland waterway vessels or as cargo on inland waterways. The project work comprised feasibility studies, market analyses for LNG as cargo and fuel as well as pilot studies and projects for cargo transfer hubs, ship propulsion systems and new ships.

The consortium consisted of 33 partners from 12 countries. Five work packages were addressed. Within those, studies were conducted focusing on technologies and operational concepts, the development of pilot facilities, the development of solutions for vehicles and terminals as well as market analyses, legal and regulatory frameworks and requirements.

The University of Duisburg-Essen participated in the field of vehicle concepts and evaluation of the State-of-the-Art concerning LNG transport and use. It also functioned as a consultant during the assessment of challenges related to inland waterway-related LNG transport and use. The partners worked out the LNG-Masterplan, containing challenges for the introduction of LNG as cargo and fuel on inland waterways and measures to solve them. Further, the LNG-Masterplan contained suggestions for developments, investigations and regulatory adaptions to be made.

Beside numerous reports generated in the scope of the project (some of them can be downloaded from the project website), partners built two new inland waterway vessels and converted one existing ship towards using LNG as fuel. Thus, usability of LNG as fuel was exemplified.


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Website- http://www.lngmasterplan.eu/download/deliverables