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Clean North Sea Shipping

Clean North Sea Shipping

Reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emission from shipping.

Project leader

Dr Alan J Murphy


December 2011 to December 2013

Project staff

Dr Kayvan Pazouki

Miss Melanie Landmore


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


Hordaland County Council (Norway)


Sea shipping is one of the most environmentally-friendly modes of transport. In terms of transport effort per unit impact.

But sea shipping makes a significant contribution to air pollution. It emits Oxides of Nitogen (NOX) and Sulphur (SOX) as well as Particulate Matter (PM).

Furthermore, there is a requirement for increased transportation by sea. But there is a conflict between this economic interest and the public. T

he public are increasingly concerned about environmental and health issues. This contradiction is particularly evident in ports and regional shipping areas. Located close to urban districts. 

The project develops efficient and effective technological and logistic solutions. This creates transparent and cost effective solutions. It facilitates a sustainable enlargement of regional shipping and associated infrastructure. At the same time it introduces successful air quality improvement programmes.

The project is taking a holistic approach by considering the following:

  • Ships
  • Ports
  • Energy infrastructure
  • Regulatory and incentive schemes
  • Regional planning

It includes contributing partners representing all major stakeholders:

  • Ports
  • Businesses
  • Public authorities
  • NGOs
  • Research institutes
  • Universities
Project Objectives

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.

Project Outcomes
  • 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”.