Today, Enak Ferlemann, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, handed over another three funding award letters: to Nordic Hamburg for the construction of two new container ships and to Stena Line for the conversion of a ro-pax ferry to LNG propulsion.
Today, we are demonstrating once again the great importance that the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure attaches to the changeover of maritime shipping to environmentally friendly propulsion systems. Together with the funding award letters handed over so far, we have made almost 29 million euros available for equipping new or converting existing sea-going ships to operate on LNG.
Nordic Hamburg is known for its ground-breaking innovative projects in the field of maritime shipping. The two 1,400 TEU container feeders for which funding is provided will operate on the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.
With its sustainability strategy, Stena Line is pursuing a consistent approach which also extends to the reduction of CO2 and NOx emissions. The funds will be used for converting the ro-pax ferry „Mecklenburg-Vorpommern“ to LNG propulsion. The „Mecklenburg-Vorpommern“ is mainly used for scheduled services on the Rostock-Trelleborg route.
The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure has launched a financial assistance programme to accelerate the shift to Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) as a cleaner marine fuel. The programme is funded from the Mobility and Fuel Strategy.
LNG as a marine fuel will help to reduce greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions. Unlike conventional oil-based marine fuels, LNG does not cause any sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions. Compared with conventional fuels, nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions are reduced by up to 90 % and emissions of particulate matter by around 98 %.