- Project Dates: December 2011 - December 2013
- Project Leader: Dr. Alan J Murphy
- Staff: Dr Kayvan Pazouki and Miss Melanie Landmore
- Sponsors: INTERREG IVB North Sea Region Programme. Beneficiaries: Hordaland County Council (NO), Newcastle University (UK), Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (DE), Port of Antwerp (BE), Shipbuilders and Shiprepairers Association (UK), BKK (NO), Institute of Coasta
- Partners: Hordaland County Council (Norway) and Newcastle University.
Although it is one of the most environmentally-friendly modes of transport in terms of transport effort per unit impact, shipping makes a significant contribution to air pollution, especially in terms of Oxides of Nitogen (NOX) and Sulphur (SOX) as well as Particulate Matter (PM). Furthermore, with the requirement for increased transportation by sea, there exists a conflict between this economic interest and the public, who are increasingly concerned about environmental and health issues. This contradiction is particularly evident in ports and regional shipping areas, which are located close to urban districts.
In Clean North Sea Shipping, efficient and effective technological and logistic solutions are being developed to create transparent and cost effective solutions, facilitating a sustainable enlargement of regional shipping and associated infrastructure while introducing successful air quality improvement programmes. The project is taking a holistic approach, jointly considering ships, ports, energy infrastructure, regulatory and incentive schemes and regional planning, with contributing partners representing all major stakeholders including ports, businesses, public authorities, NGOs, research institutes and Universities.
To make efforts on reduction of air pollution and greenhouse gas emission from shipping through research and application of available and new technologies, methods and infrastructure that result in cost-effective and cleaner energy supply and usage for ships and vessels operating in the North Sea region and associated harbours.
- To inform regional policy building - promote “clean shipping” Technology.
- To provide input to the implementation of EU, national and regional regulations.
- The promotion and implementation of Environmental Ship Index and incentives for “Clean Shipping Technology”.