Road to Zero-Emission Ferries
Accelerating the transition to zero-emission transport for ferries by developing and testing a decision-tree (from idea to implementation) through pilots.
Many initiatives to implement zero-emission ferries have been delayed and have not been completed, with some successful pilots in Norway, Denmark and Sweden as exceptions. Closer cooperation and knowledge transfer in a structured way between successful and aspiring projects is crucial and necessary to realise a long-lasting impact in the sector.
The project exists of two simultaneous processes:
- A research-design-lobby-testing-evaluation process through which a standardized decision-tree for initiatives of zero-emission ferries is build. This decision-tree, applicable throughout the North Sea Region, is aimed to assist initiatives in a.choosing ferry-design, b. building a business-case and finding financial support, c. cooperation with (inter)national regulatory and approval institutions - the major barriers of current initiatives of zero-emission ferries.
- 5-6 pilots, in which ferry operators and directly linked local governments realise the investment of zero-emission ferries. These pilots will be used as test-cases for the developing decision-tree in process 1. The selected pilots will have a relevant variation, making the sample relevant for the majority of the North Sea Region.
The basic project-output is the standardized decision-tree and 5-6 operating zero-emission ferries.
The broader output is a viable network of shipping companies, local and national governments, zero-emission ferry operators. This network aims to be visible to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Lloyds and international initiatives like Task 38 (IEA).
This well-connected network, strengthened by the decision-tree, will aim for structural impact in accelerating the transition to zero-emission ferries. New initiatives for zero-emission will be directed towards this network.
The delaying of many zero-emission ferry-initiatives is visible throughout the North Sea Region and the rest of Europe. The original enthusiasm for the transition in this sector, seems to be fading. A public-private cooperation in the Netherlands, purely organized to accelerate zero-emission ferry-initiatives in the Netherlands, has concluded that a decision-tree and additional financial resources are crucial missing links for further steps. The lead partner of this project-initiative is a member of this Dutch cooperation.
Municipalities and ferry-operators in the Netherlands, network-organisation in Denmark.
zero-emission ferry initiatives in the North Sea Region outside of the Netherlands. (Inter)national regulatory and approval institutions. Industry representatives.