30 emission-free ships by 2030
30 emission-free ships by 203010 May 2021
Decarbonisation is now one of the biggest challenges facing the shipping sector, and with Energy Transition one of the key themes at Europort this year, we will be looking at how the industry can navigate its way towards a zero-emissions future. Recognising this, Nederland Maritiem Land has produced a Masterplan for an emissions-free maritime sector, which aims to deliver 30 emission-free vessels and five retrofits by 2030 for both sea and inland shipping. Following the conclusion of the national Green Deal for Maritime Shipping and Ports in 2019, the Masterplan provides the roadmap for change.
Collaboration and financing for the development of new technologies are key features within the plan. Earlier this year the Dutch Government approved financial support for the Masterplan, to be used for research and development purposes to help achieve its objectives. Resources are now available for companies to start developing the technologies needed to achieve 30 emission-free ships by 2030.
The Dutch Ministry of Defence and Rijkswaterstaat are also set to be the first customers, as the Chairman of Nederland Maritiem Land, Rob Verkerk would like to see the Netherlands "become the world leader in sustainable shipbuilding and shipping".
We look forward to seeing the Masterplan unfold!