Hydrogen-powered barges planned for the Rhine

Plans to convert the salt transport fleet on the Rhine to hydrogen-powered ships are underway, with an aim to have serval in operation by 2024.

Covestro and logistics service provider Nederlandse Particuliere Rijnvaart-Centrale Cooperative (NPRC) yesterday (4th Feb) said they had joined forces on the project as part of the RH2INE Initiative (Rhine Hydrogen Integration Network of Excellence).

Under the agreement, the companies will support the development of a hydrogen infrastructure at ports and loading stations along the Rhine to establish a climate-neutral transport route on the Rhine-Alpine corridor.

It is hoped that the first two zero emission ships will begin operations between the Netherlands and Covestro’s three Lower Rhine sites as early as 2024.

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