DUAL Ports Pilots

DOCKLAND - Co-siting

The DOCKLAND pilot aims to develop a new green port strategy by the introduction of industrial co-siting. Focus is on co-siting within the sector of the fine chemicals, in correlation with the sector of the renewable energy and the sector of the circular economy. The practical base of the pilot is situated within the back-port of the port of Oostende.

The pilot will identify the conditions required to establish co-siting in close exchange with the Flemish government. A business case will be developed, related to the site in Oostende.

GREEN OFFICER - implementing sustainable management


The Green Officer pilot is implementing and coordinating the sustainability management of ports and initiating sustainability projects throughout the ports. The pilot will test innovative management solutions, that can help the ports promote greener services and operations.


The sustainability management and strategy will primarily focus on port activities. Furthermore a sustainability action plan will be developed with measures that contribute to the objectives of the strategy. Concrete projects will be initiated, e.g. the installation of LED lighting, solar systems, sustainable mobility, i.e. e-vehicles etc. 


The progress made and the best practice examples are shared within Niedersachsen Ports and other ports within the DUAL Ports project and beyond.

HYDROGEN - use in ports and connected areas 

Hydrogen is a unique zero carbon fuel that can be created using water and renewable electricity. Within DUAL Ports, ITM Power will be applying its expertise in the refueling of hydrogen cars and buses to the refueling of hydrogen vessels in Orkney and beyond. This will require ITM to design the world’s first hydrogen bunkering system, and identify how it will be implemented in the Orkney Islands. 

The results will be the design for a ferry refueller. 

LED - lighting in port areas 

The objective of the LED pilot is to optimise the use of port area lighting. For safety reasons a good lighting is critical in port areas. However, traditional lighting systems in ports typically have short lifespans and are responsible for high levels of carbon dioxide emissions. 

The aim of the LED pilot will be to reduce carbon emissions, by installing, managing and monitoring a new intelligent and innovative lighting-system. This is based on energy saving LED lights. Different lighting scenarios are pre-programmed in the system, which makes it possible to provide precisely the legally prescribed light quantity for the respective operation (shunting, loading, no operation etc.). In addition, sensors are being used which allow a largely customized switch-on or switch-off of the lighting scenarios.

LNG - as a multifunctional part of REPs 

The LNG pilot aims to reduce the emission of COby building an LNG Terminal, that will provide an alternative to heavy fuel driven vessels, local production factories and potentially road transportation. 

Existing and future Air Pollution Emission Control requirements have great impact on the production and operation of all kinds of premises and machinery, such as factories, vehicles, vessels etc. Many businesses are currently being strongly encouraged or even forced by local authorities and/or EU regulations to significantly lower their air emissions. 

Numerous companies, ship- and truck owners etc. are evaluating and planning  to change their production methods and propulsion systems to operate cleaner fuel, such as Liquefied Natural Gas.  LNG is a very clean fuel which is expected to help reduce COemissions by 40%.

LOW CARBON HARBOUR PLAN - making ports more carbon neutral 

The objective of the LOW CARBON Harbour Plan pilot is making the three ports of Zwolle, Meppel and Kampen more carbon neutral. 

The municipality of Meppel was partner in the Interreg project Lo-Pinod for the last 4 years. In this context, they worked on a Low Carbon harbour Plan. This is an inventory document of what actions in the port may be carried out to promote sustainability. 

Actions in the areas of water, air and energy are investigated.The pilot aims to determine the effective measures to apply in port areas, concerning not only the port administration, but also plot owners and companies within the port area.

SAIL - creating a wind cargo platform 

The aim of the SAIL cargo pilot is to  put transport into the ethical equation with a zero-emissions low-impact cargo sailing ship that can access goods where they are produced. 

The idea is to create sailcargo hubs in small ports and harbours giving local businesses direct access to ethically transported goods. 

Advances in racing technology provide the tools to design a boat that is fast, light, and able to sail close to the wind, allowing for sailing trade routes to be opened, that have not existed in modern times.

The project will analyze the socio economic impact of the centralization of shipping and the importance of small ports to local economies. 

Fair Winds Trust are in negotiations with Timbercoast, for the sustainable and decentralised transportation of cargo, directly to the consumer. You can learn more about Timbercoast and goods transported by sail cargo ships in this video. 

SOIL TREATMENT- cleaning and renewed use of soil in port and area development 

The main objective of the SOIL pilot is to expand and develop the port of Vordingborg by using recycled products, such as contaminated soil, concrete and excessive soil from building projects in the municipality. 

The effects will be to reduce the CO2 footprint for the port of Vordingborg and the municipality of Vordingborg. 

The construction and expansion of the Port of Vordingborg will use contaminated soil and excess soil and debree from nearby construction projects, such as road works and local investment projects. This will reduce costs and CO2 emissions from transportation  and logistics.