Germany funding new program for LNG

The Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is promoting the upgrading and conversion of seagoing vessels to liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. The aim of the new funding program is to promote the use of LNG in German maritime shipping. The funds are made available from the mobility and fuel strategy (MKS).

Enak Ferlemann, Parliamentary State Secretary with the Federal Minister for Transport and Digital Infrastructure:

"Germany is one of the world's largest shipping ports. We want to maintain this top position and therefore support the introduction of innovative technologies. With our new funding program, we are accelerating the expansion of alternative drives in maritime shipping and keeping our course on our goal: more mobility with fewer emissions."

LNG as a marine fuel contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions. Unlike conventional oil-based marine fuels, LNG does not cause any sulfur oxide emissions (SOx). Nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx) are reduced by up to 90 percent and particulate emissions by approx. 98 percent compared to conventional fuels.

In addition to the expansion of the LNG tank infrastructure and the upgrading and conversion of ships, the BMVI is also modernizing the federal fleet with alternative engines. The BMVI is launching the "Atair" research vessel of the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency ( BSH ) .

The subsidy guideline is now published in the German Federal Gazette. A first call for project proposals is being prepared. Companies that own a ship or are planning a new shipbuilding, as well as bodies and bodies governed by public law, are entitled to apply. 

Source and more information:BMVI