Gainn partners

GAINN projects to facilitate the introduction of LNG fuel into the EU

  • The project development process will include engineering studies and pilot tests related to LNG supply and the retrofitting of ships to run on LNG fuel
  • Thanks to these projects, vessels’ greenhouse gas emissions will be cut by approximately 20% and sulphur emissions by 80%

January 9, 2016 – On 13th October 2015, the first internal technical meeting for the “GAINN” projects (GAINN4MOS and GAINN4SHIP INNOVATION) was held. These projects are coordinated by the Valenciaport Foundation with the participation of the Port Authority of Valencia.

Both projects are co-financed by the European Commission through the CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) programme. They share the common aim of producing results that provide support to European Union (EU) member state legislators as well as to port authorities and shipowners operating in several European Mediterranean countries and Portugal, helping them to comply with environmental regulations in the most efficient way possible.

One aspect of these regulations deals with the maximum sulphur content (0.5%) for fuels used by shipowners operating in territorial waters of the EU and exclusive economic zones, from 2020 onwards (MARPOL Convention Annex VI – Directive 2012/33 / EU). Furthermore, the regulations set out the appropriate number of liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply points that need to be installed in the main EU ports in order for LNG-fuelled vessels to travel the Ten-T network as of 2025 (Directive 2014/94 / EU and Clean Power for Transport Package).

With respect to these regulations, the use of LNG as a fuel for ships has been identified as one of the most promising available approaches. Accordingly, this strategic option is currently being promoted by many member states as well as by the European Commission as part of its Clean Power for Transport Package.

To this end, the GAINN projects are to include actions focused on analysing and identifying the best option that would allow ports to provide LNG supply services, as well as actions aimed at designing and building such supply facilities. The projects also include engineering studies on adapting ships to reduce their emissions to the desired level, pilot tests to retrofit and improve various types of vessels, and actions addressing the installation of scrubbers in addition to retrofitting or building new boats that comply with this regulatory framework.

The GAINN projects will promote sea and land transport that is greener, more secure and more sustainable. They will do so by reducing operating costs associated with fuel consumption by 30%, through prototype retrofits of the ships forming part of the projects. They will also reduce CO2 emissions by about 20% and sulphur emissions by 80%.

GAINN4MOS involves 20 partners from six EU member states (Slovenia, Italy, France, Croatia, Portugal and Spain): Valenciaport Foundation (coordinator); Port Authority of Valencia; The International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering – CIMNE; Seaplace Sl; Boluda Corporación Marítima S.L.; Bureau Veritas; Luka Koper; Ministère de L’écologie, du Développement Durable et de L’énergie (Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable development and Energy); Istrabenz; Ministerio de Fomento – Dirección General de la Marina Mercante (Ministry of Development – Directorate General for Merchant Shipping); Elengy; Port of Marseille; Ministero delle Infrastrutture e dei Trasporti (Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport); Portos dos Açores, S.A. (Ports of the Azores) (Pa); Mutualista Açoreana – Transportes Marítimos, S.A.; Apdl – Administração dos Portos Do Douro, Leixões e Viana do Castelo, S.A. (Port Administration for the Ports of Douro, Leixões and Viana do Castelo); Grupo Sousa Investimentos Sgps, Lda; Apram – Administração dos Portos da Região Autónoma de Madeira, Sa (Port Administration for the Ports of the Autonomous Region of Madeira); Apss – Administração dos Portos de Setúbal E Sesimbra, S.A.(Port Administration for the Ports of Setúbal and Sesimbra; and LNG Hrvatska.

The participating partners in GAINN4SHIP INNOVATION are Valenciaport Foundation (coordinator); the Port Authority of Valencia, Fred Olsen, CIMNE and the Ministerio de Fomento – Dirección General de la Marina Mercante (Ministry of Development – Directorate General for Merchant Shipping).

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