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Hydrogen-powered barges planned for the Rhine

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.

Commenting on the project, Dr. Klaus Schäfer, Chief Technology Officer of Covestro AG, said, “We want to anchor the principle of Circular Economy within our entire company and produce in a greenhouse gas-neutral way in the long term.”

“This also involves the continuous reduction of indirect emissions, where we want to implement innovative solutions together with strong partners such as NPRC.”

Femke Brenninkmeijer, CEO NPRC, added, “This collaboration is a wonderful example of the opportunities that arise when all stakeholders in the supply chain are committed to sustainability.”

“The reliable partnership with Covestro provides our cooperative of independent inland shipping entrepreneurs with a solid basis to take on the significant investment that the switch to zero emission transport requires.”

“This form of shared responsibility for the supply chain is the future for innovation in logistics.”


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