Setting course for a clean port 4.0: The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is extending the financial assistance programme for innovative port technologies (IHATEC) until 2025 and is launching a new round of funding for LNG propulsion systems for sea-going ships. Around 11 million euros will be made available per year for research and development for innovative solutions for sea and inland ports. LNG projects can receive up to 7 million euros of funding per project.
Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, said:
We are providing the maritime industry with a technology update for clean ships in the port of the future. More than 36,000 people are working every day in Germany’s ports to secure our prosperity as an exporting nation. If things are to stay this way, we must strive for a continuous evolution in all spheres of port technologies. To do so, we are extending the IHATEC programme until 2025, providing 11 million euros of funds per year. At the Port of Hamburg alone, more than 131.1 million tonnes of cargo are handled each year. This volume can only be managed with the appropriate technology. But it is also obvious that the more than 10,000 ships which call at the Port of Hamburg with their cargo must become more environmentally friendly.
That is why we have launched today the second call for applications for funding for equipping new or converting existing sea-going ships to operate on lower-emission LNG propulsion systems.
Within the framework of the IHATEC conference, a number of successful projects were presented, ranging from new cargo handling technologies for automation and digitalization through Industry 4.0, environmental protection and climate change mitigation to cyber security. You will find an overview of the projects here (in German).
The applications for LNG funding can be submitted between 18 September 2019 and 18 December 2019, at the latest, to the Federal Agency for Administrative Services (Bundesanstalt für Verwaltungsdienstleistungen - BAV).
You will find the link to the funding guidelines and the 2nd call for applications for funding in German here (in German).
Further information on how to apply for funding and which forms must be enclosed with the application as well as a checklist of required documents can be found on the BAV's website.