DUAL Ports meets DG MARE at the EU Week of Regions and Cities 

On October 10, DUAL Ports had organized a workshop in Brussels, during the EU Week of Regions and Cities. 25 participants from the maritime industry, EU policy representatives and partners of DUAL Ports spent the afternoon learning about innovative green port solutions, and had fruitful discussions about how to tackle challenges in greening port business. Key-note speakers: Felix Leinemann, Head of Unit Blue Economy Sectors, Aquaculture and Maritime Spatial Planning in DG MARE and Gesine Meißner, President of the European Parliament Intergroup Seas, Rivers, Islands. For more info: SME PORTS : home for innovation in green port technologies and blue growth?

DUAL Ports at the "Energy Week" in Brussels in June 2018 

DUAL Ports will be speaking at the European Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels - we also have a stand at the Networking Village at EUSEW, and we look forward to speak to many more people about decarbonizing port business! #DUALPorts #LowCarbon#EUSEW18

DUAL Ports gathered attention at the GoLNG conference "LNG: best Fuel of the Future"

DUAL Ports hosted a reception during the 2nd day of the "LNG: Best Fuel of the Future" event (Bergen, 10-12/04/2018) organised by the Baltic Sea Region´s GoLNG project oboard the Norwegian Fjord Line’s LNG powered ferry M/S Stavangerfjord. The project´s ambitions to work on LNG were very well received. You can read more about the tour here.…/

DUAL Ports at the "Ports, Maritime Transport & Insularity" conference in Piraeus on 20/04/2018

Can small and medium size ports reduce their environmental footprint in an economically feasible way? This is key challenge that Wim Stubbe, Business development Manager at the Port of Oostende, is going to address at the 3RD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “Ports, Maritime Transport & Insularity” taking place on 19 & 20 April 2018 at the Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the speech: "Low Carbon Port Management in SME Ports: a Road for Innovation?". The DUAL Ports project, co-funded by the EU via the Interreg North Sea Region Programme, will be showcased as an example of how international cooperation between ports can help them achieve together the low carbon goal, by sharing expertise, best practices and costs and without jeopardising their respective competitive position. For more info and the agenda: See PPT: From SME PORTS to Regional Entrepreneurial Ports: DUAL Ports 

DUAL Ports at ESPO´s Small Ports workshop on 20/03/2018

Not a TEN-T core port? What’s in it for you?” is the topic of the 2018 Small Ports workshop organised by the European Sea Ports Organisation in Brussels on 20th March 2018 (10:30-16:00). During the event, focusing on  EU legislation, funding possibilities & other opportunities for small ports, Wim Stubbe (Port of Oostende) will share his extensive experience in terms of EU-cofunded initiatives. He will concentrate on the ‘DUAL Ports’ project, which is a project for SME ports, that is 50% co-funded by ERDF through the Interreg North Sea Region Programme (priority eco-innovation). The objective of the project is to promote resource efficiency in the management of SME Ports and to develop new low carbon technologies, products and services in order to reduce the environmental footprint of ports.

The Port of Skagen has joined DUAL Ports

The Partners of DUAL Ports are happy to announce, that the Port of Skagen has been accepted as a new partner in the project. The Port of Skagen will become the lead partner of the LNG pilot, exploring the possibility to install a bunkering system for LNG at the port.

“Port of Skagen is excited to become part of the DUAL Ports Program. We look forward to investigate how we can contribute to a reduced carbon footprint, and to analyse on future possibilities for developing LNG options in the port, says CEO Willy B. Hansen”

The Port of Skagen is a sea port in the northern part of Denmark, and is the largest landing port in Europe for pelagic fish. Fishery has for many generations been one of the biggest industries in the area. The Port also has a strong maritime network, that performs service and construction for maritime vessels, both at the port and offshore. The position at the top of Denmark also makes Port of Skagen an ideal location for cruise ships.

The Port of Skagen has ambitious plans for growth in the future, and for the past ten years, the port has expanded the port and quay areas in three phases – the latest still ongoing. With the expansion of phase three, plans are explored to install an LNG bunkering system at the new quay area.

DUAL Ports partners took part in Ambition 1.5 degrees

On the 13th of November participants from 29 different countries and 150 delegates met at the Ambition 1.5oC: Global Shipping’s Action Plan summit in Bonn. The summit was organised by many different institutions, including the International Windship Association. The Ambition 1.5oC: Global Shipping’s Action Plan summit gathered experts from across the shipping industry to create the Action Plan required for shipping to meet the high ambition level indicated in the Paris Agreement. ​“Be courageous about your thinking, rise to the challenge of solving this problem, be bold and try to change the world just a little bit”, said the key note speaker Dr. Jennifer Baxter when opening the summit. Climate change and future regulations on carbon emissions provide a need to be looking at alternative fuels and different options in propulsion, in order to meet the demands of the future, and protect the environment. Gavin Allwright, secretary of The International Windship Association took part in the summit, and participated in panel discussions. “I am incredibly optimistic in the development of alternative fuels going forward. Wind is a significant way to reduce the amount of bunkering fuel that we need to,” he says. You can see Gavin Allwright, IWSA, present the purpose of the summit in this video below.


All summit videos are available here.


Sustainable port expansion in Vordingborg

The Port of Vordingborg is working on expanding the port areas significantly, to attract new shipping companies and to create growth possibilities for existing companies in the Port. In August 2017, the second and third phase of the sustainable port expansion was started. The Port of Vordingborg is pilot leader of the DUAL Ports SOIL project. The aim of the pilot is to expand the port’s areas to make more room for new and existing clients. The need for more space will be realised in a sustainable way, by reusing soil, incinerated garbage (slag), and other recycled resources, e.g. concrete and asphalt from construction works in the surrounding area to expand. On the 24th of August, the Mayor of Vordingborg Municipality, Mr. Michael Seiding Larsen took the first official sod for the second and third port expansion, which are expected to be finished in 2019.


In order to build with sustainable materials, the recycled resources have to be available, but they also have to be of a certain volume, quality and uniformity. Also, regulations on what resources may be used and the quantities of such has been a challenge. The local community and neighbors of the port have been invited to hear about the project – the Port of Vordingborg has held several Open Days and guided tours, where the port has invited everyone interested to come and see the activities on the port and to hear about the port expansion project based on recycling of materials. The sustainable port expansion will bring down the carbon footprint significantly and save direct costs of establishing the port. It will also bring down the carbon footprint and save indirect costs for local and regional companies, since transportation is brought down.


Climate protection in the maritime economy: Success through partnership


For the third time the partners participating in the European project DUAL Ports met to discuss the possibilities of transforming ports into more environmentally friendly ones. At the partner-meeting in Emden this week, the project managers reported on the current state of their particular DUAL Ports projects and the progresses already made. During the three days in Emden and Leer, the challenges that still have to be overcome were discussed together. “We all face the same challenges. We want to benefit from the experience of our partners and work together to develop larger solutions”, explains Dr. Matthäus Wuczkowski, Sustainability Manager at Niedersachsen Ports.

Moreover, the participants of the DUAL Ports met with the MariGreen project in order to share knowledge and exchange experiences. The MariGreen project also deals with the possibilities of making the maritime economy more environmentally friendly. However, the DUAL Ports project primarily concentrates on finding solutions for port authorities, while the MariGreen project is mainly focused on the development of concepts for shipping companies. At the meeting, experts from both sides were able to discuss within small groups the potential and current challenges of LNG, hydrogen and sail cargo. All participants agreed that there will be a variety of environmentally friendly fuels in the maritime economy in the future. However, which low-emission fuels will ultimately prevail, is largely dependent on medium-term legislation, on the incentive mechanisms of the market and on the awareness of society. “In order to work efficiently on these issues in the future, greater cooperation between ports and the maritime sector is necessary”, stresses Wuczkowski. “For this reason, we are also planning to promote a close exchange between the two projects in the future.”, Katja Baumann, managing director of MARIKO GmbH, agreed. For more info:

DUAL Ports in Logistics Pilot

The October 2017 edition of the magazine Logistics Pilot featured DUAL Ports with the article "Internationaler Schulterschluss für Nachhaltigkeit" (see pages 22-23).

DUAL Ports at the Green Shipping Summit in Rotterdam

Dr. Matthäus Wuczkowski, Sustainability Manager at Niedersachsen Ports, Germany and partner in DUAL Ports, will be giving a speech at the Green Shipping Summit in Rotterdam on October 16-17, 2017. He will participate in the panel discussion on “The Role of Port Authorities Regarding Green Initiatives” and debate ports responsibilities and their cooperation with other ports such as in the Interreg NSP DUAL Ports project.

The Sail Cargo Network at the GreenPort Congress 2017 in Amsterdam!

Madadh MacLaine is going to talk about Sustainable Supply Chains via Wind Propulsion at the GreenPort Congress in Amsterdam on the 10th October. Linking the North Sea Region to an ethical maritime supply network is a key objective that the DUAL Ports project is aiming to achieve. The event will provide an excellent opportunity to showcase how transport CAN be environmentally friendly, reducing Co2 emissions and, at the same time, be economically viable, support local business and recreate traditional short sea shipping routes.

Open day at the Port of Oostende

On Sunday the 17th of September 2017, the port of Oostende held an open day for the public, in coordination with the Flemish government and the other Flemish ports. The focus of the open days at the port of Oostende was "Blue Growth and sustainable development". The visits focused on the REBO-terminal where the installation and the maintenance of the offshore wind parks are organized. Next to the offshore wind energy, particular attention was paid to wave technology, coastal defence and the production of seaweed. Therefore, several companies, like FALCK Safety Services, Multitech NV, Laminaria, Parkwind, MHI Vestas, GEOxyz, CMI, Noordzeekranen, Noordzee Helikopters Vlaanderen presented their activities and showed what kind of industrial actions are undertaken on land and at sea. Guided tours on land and at sea gave a better flavour of the port´s atmosphere and business. Under a nice autumn sun,  more than 2000 visitors got a glimpse of the daily life of a sustainable blue industry port, finishing the day with the tasting of a new local beer called “de Zeveroare”.

DUAL Ports presented at FCH Workshop on Maritime and Port Applications

ITM Power was invited to present at a workshop organised by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (the main source of EU funding for fuel cells and hydrogen) on the 15th and 16th June 2017 in Valencia. The workshop was organised to bring key players from the hydrogen and marine sector together, and included: Fuel cell manufacturers; Hydrogen refuelling providers; Hydrogen storage manufacturers; Port operators; Ship builders; Ship operators. The workshop followed on from a previous workshop on Smart Specialisation held in 2015 in Lyon and took a closer look at maritime and port applications, with a number of sessions centred around the issue of hydrogen and fuel cell applications for boats/ships, logistics and stationary applications, as well as other aspects including safety and regulations and funding mechanisms. 

“My presentation appeared to be well received. There were questions at the end regarding the expected price of fuel and whether to go with compressed or liquefied hydrogen. I went away with a much better idea of the priorities of port operators and the sort of pressures that they are under,” says Kris Hyde, Technology Manager at ITM Power, Partner in DUAL Ports.

Click to see the presentation from ITM Power.

The Port of Emden receives the PERS environmental certificate

We congratulate our project partner, the Port of Emden, that in June 2017 has been awarded by the European Sea Ports Organization (ESPO) the PERS Certificate. The Port Environmental Review System is used as a standard for the verification of port-specific measures. The Port of Emden is the second port of Niedersachsen Ports (NPorts) to have received a PERS certificate for its environmental management. Since January 1, 2017, NPorts has purchased 97.7 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources. You can read the full PERS Environmental Report for the Port of Emden here. 

 Dr. Matthäus Wuczkowski (NPorts, Nachhaltigkeitsmanager) was handed the certificate by Eamonn O’Reilly (ESPO, Chairman) and Isabelle Ryckbost (ESPO, Secretary General)

Foto: NPorts. Eamonn O’Reilly (ESPO, Chairman), Dr. Matthäus Wuczkowski (NPorts, Sustainability Manager), Isabelle Ryckbost (ESPO, Secretary General)

DUAL Ports at "transport logictics 2017" in Munich (Germany)

DUAL Ports will be present at "tranport logistics", taking place in Munich from the 9th to the 12th of May 2017. Visit the stand of the Port of Oostende (Hall B3.109/210) to know more about the project and its partners´port low carbon activities. "transport logistic" is the world's leading trade fair for logistics, mobility, IT, and supply chain management, and acts as the business platform for and driving force behind the global logistics and transport industry (

DUAL Porty at "MARENER 2017" in Malmö (Sweden)

Madadh MacLaine, founder of Fair Winds Trust (DUAL Ports partner), recently attended MARENER 2017, an international conference on maritime energy management, organised by the World Maritime University and held from 24 to 25 January 2017 in Malmö. During the event Madadh illustrated the DUAL Ports´s Sailcargo eco-platform and network in the speech "Shifting the Paradigm Sail-propulsion, Decentralization and Sustainable Supply Chains" (See:

DUAL Ports featured in the "Baltic Transport Journal"

The DUAL Ports project was featured in the "Baltic Transport Journal" 01-2017 edition within an article written by Wim Stubbe, Business Development Manager at the Port of Oostende (AGHO). AGHO is DUAL Ports´s lead coordinator. See:  "Home for Blue Growth

DUAL Ports referred to in "motus foundation"´s "Supporting transport and logistics"

In the article "Blue Baltic Economy", published in "motus foundation"´s "Supporting transport and logistics", Wim Stubbe (Business Development Manager at the Port of Oostende) showcases DUAL Ports as an example of how small and medium size ports can and should invest in low carboN technologies and management in order to become more sustainable and meet the Blue Economy´s new challenges. See: "Blue Baltic Economy"

The Port of Emden´s DUAL Ports investment goes public

DUAL Ports and one of its investments, the pilot in intelligent low carbon lightning at the Port of Emden, Germany, have been recently presented in varius media. "HANSA International Maritime Journal": "»Dual Ports« will Emissionen senken"; "Niedersachsen Ports" (2016): “Leinen los für DUAL Ports"; "DVZ Seefracht" (2016): "CO2-Belastung in den Häfen soll sinken", "MariGreen" (2016): "Ports Kickoff Meeting"; "MarIko Leer" (2016): "Kick-Off DUAL Ports".

Successful DUAL Ports kick-off event in Denmark!

About 70 people attended the DUAL Ports kick-off conference "De-carbonizing port business today" which took place on the 3rd of November 2016 at the beautiful Hotel Frederiksminde, in Præstø (Denmark). The event was mentioned in the local TV: DUAL Ports on Danish local TV News: To download the event´s presentations: DUAL Ports kick-off conference PPTs