ZERO EMISSION PORTS NORTH SEA

The objective of Zero Emission Ports North Sea (‘ZEM Ports NS’), is to facilitate the use of zero emission fuels (electric and hydrogen) in the North Sea Region ports and maritime sector. The project directly addresses the integration of zero emission fuels into the port refuelling infrastructure, and local energy systems, as well as, port and on-ship energy storage. In order to achieve this goal, ZEM Ports NS will: 

  • Develop refuelling infrastructure for vessels 
  • Develop training for the crew of zero emission vessels, and staff using associated infrastructure 
  • Identify practical solutions for service of large-scale electric vessels, and other harbour users 
  • Examine ways in which hydrogen production, bunkering and storage for hydrogen fuel cell vessels, are ideally to be developed to promote the growth of hydrogen vessels 

Project Summary 

The project facilitates the use of zero emission fuels (electric and hydrogen) in the NSR ports and maritime sector. The project looks at the role of ports in the interface between zero emission vessels and port infrastructure. It especially addresses the integration of zero emission fuels into the port refuelling infrastructure and local energy systems as well as port and on-ship energy storage. It will develop refuelling infrastructure for vessels and training for the crews of zero emission vessels and staff using associated infrastructure.

The project addresses the shared challenges of emission reduction in ports and the maritime industry. The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) wants to reduce maritime sector emissions by 60% by 2050 compared with 2008 levels. Studies suggest that this cannot be reached through the greater LNG use and zero emission fuels must play a key role in emission reduction. This major challenge needs a transnational approach due to the international nature of the industry. The NSR is a world leader in zero emission technology. The project outlines the actions ports must take to support and enable zero emission vessels to operate effectively. It will include practical solutions that ports need to take to service larger scale electric vessels and other harbour users and look at ways in which hydrogen production, bunkering and storage for hydrogen fuel cell vessels should be developed to promote the growth of hydrogen vessels.

The project facilitates the use of zero emission fuels (electric and hydrogen) in the NSR ports and maritime sector.   The project looks at the role of ports in the interface between zero emission vessels and port infrastructure.  It especially addresses the  integration of zero emission fuels into the  port refuelling infrastructure and local energy systems as well as port and on-ship energy storage.   It will develop refuelling infrastructure for vessels and training for the crews of zero emission vessels and staff using associated infrastructure.  

The project addresses the shared challenges of emission reduction in ports and the maritime industry.  The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) wants to reduce maritime sector emissions by 60% by 2050 compared with 2008 levels.   Studies suggest that this cannot be reached through the greater LNG use and  zero emission fuels must play a key role in emission reduction.  This major challenge needs a transnational approach due to the international nature of the industry.  The NSR is a world leader in zero emission technology.  The project outlines the actions ports must take to support and enable zero emission vessels to operate effectively. It will include practical solutions that ports need to take to service larger scale electric vessels and other harbour users and look at ways in which hydrogen production, bunkering and storage for hydrogen fuel cell vessels should be developed to promote the growth of hydrogen vessels. 

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