Clean Inland Shipping (CLINSH)

CLINSH is a European consortium promoting cleanwaterway transport. Within CLINSH Dutch, Belgian, German and English public and private organisations work together. The municipality of Nijmegen is one of the participants in this project.

The main objective of CLINSH is to improve air quality in urban areas by accelerating emissions reduction in Inland Waterway Transport. Inland Waterway Transport is a major source of air pollution.

End of September 2015 the consortium CLINSH submitted an application for the implementation of the CLINSH project to the European fund LIFE.

If the LIFE subsidy will be granted (mid 2016) the performance of various emission reduction techniques, alternative fuels and onshore power supply will be tested on 30 ships. Before and after these adjustments the ships emissions (NOx en PM) will be monitored in real life conditions.

Measurement results are collected in a database that provides a tool for local, regional, national and European governments for (new) policies on the greening of waterways. Also, these data provide skippers with more insight into the most cost effective environmental measures for their ship.

The CLINSH consortium wants to:

  • demonstrate the effectiveness of greening measures in the IWT sector
  • stimulate the sector to personally take these greening measures
  • contribute to improving air quality.

The province Zuid-Holland is the lead partner of the CLINSH project; regional minister Rik Janssen is the ambassador of this project.