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Project title

H2 Ships


Interreg VB North West Europe – low carbon priority

1.    Key topic of the project

-    The project H2ships aims to investigate if  it is technically and economically possible to use hydrogen in shipping. Two major aspects will be considered: 
•    The use of H2 as a fuel for propulsion of ships
•    The bunkering of H2 in ports in order to guarantee the fuelling of the ships
-    The project H2 ships will also investigate the conditions to promote H2 technologies within the shipping market. 

2.    Territorial challenge  

-    Water transport is a very important means of transport within the Northwest Europe region: both maritime transport and inland shipping are crucial for the logistic chains within Europe. 84% of the European inland freight is concentrated in the Northwest Europe region. 
-    Within the Northwest Europe region, the reduction of the Greenhouse Gas emissions in the transport sector is an important priority. Most of the inland vessels and ships at sea are still using gasoil. In this way, the ships within the Northwest Europe region are emitting a lot of CO2, NOX and SO2. So inland waterways and maritime transport have a lot of potential to become more environmentally friendly. 

3.    Project Objectives 

-    Demonstrate the economic and technical feasibility of H2 as fuel for inland navigation, testing different production technologies for different vessel types
-    Investigate the organisation of the supply chain of Hydrogen for water transport. Key issue is to identify the conditions to develop this supply chain
-    Promote the use of hydrogen as a fuel within the Northwest-Europe region, by disseminating the results to key decision makers and stakeholders within the marine and inland transport sector.

4.    Budget and timing 

-    Overall budget: 6, 33 mEUro
-    ERDF: 3,47 mEURO

5.    Partners

-    Projectleader: Europaisches Institut für Energieforschung EDF-KIT EWIV
-    Partners :
•    Hynamics
•    University of Birmingham
•    Delft University of Technology
•    Navalu
•     Amsterdam Port Authority
•    HAROPA – Ports of Paris
•    Port of Ostend
•    Steinbeis 2i GmbH
•    Transport & Environment
•    Tata Steel Europe


01/02/2019 - 30/06/2022


Project title


Common challenge

Shipping industry and suppliers must invest in low carbon propulsion systems, but facing a number of market failures, as:

- Vessels have long operational lifetimes (30–40 years), so little incentive to
    retrofit or replace

- Number of new built ships per year is low, so ROI in innovative systems
   for shipbuilders is low

- Limited faith and knowledge in effectiveness of alternative propulsion

- Alternative fuelling infrastructures in ports are limited

- Regulation, security and certification haven’t been clarified

- Market control of traditional oil/gas companies, protecting traditional
   fuel systems


To tackle barriers, challenges are:

- To demonstrate the effectiveness of low-carbon propulsion technologies in
    different types of vessels

- To demonstrate the feasibility of H2 bunkering facilities in ports

- To develop tools/methods which demonstrate and support the transition to
    low-carbon propulsion systems for new built vessels and by retrofitting


Overall objective

Development, testing and validation of technical tools and socio-economic models (business cases) for the implementation of hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell technologies in vessels and ports, and realising the development and the demonstration of the feasibility of these technologies by retrofitting different types of existing vessels, different kind of new built vessels and new bunkering facilities in ports in order to increase the adoption likelihood of this low or zero carbon technology in a sector with high impact potential.


Lead partner

Port of Oostende



01/06/2018 – 31/05/2021


Project title

INCONE60 – Inland Blue Transport Connector E60 

Project overview

The aim of the project is to develop a concept for the creation of an alternative transport route along the international waterway E60 and link it to a network of other inland waterways – E30, E40 and E70. The concept will include technical, economic and social aspects in order to achieve the best possible economic effects.

INCONE60 project activities are in line with provisions of the EUSBSR Strategy and target the international waterways (E30, E40, E60, and E70) development by capitalizing on the TEN-T core network corridors for better connectivity and accessibility of Baltic Sea Regions. INCONE60 project also addresses objectives of the EUSBSR Action Plan to Connect the Region. In particular, the project will contribute to Action no.11 “To improve internal and external transport links.”

INCONE60 project will be oriented towards improving access of local and regional areas to European and transnational waterways. The project activities will focus on innovative transport solutions in order to achieve future-oriented, high-quality and eco-friendly transport services for citizens and business stakeholders. Actions will be taken to improve internal and external transport links as well as increase efficiency. Moreover, actions within the project will promote ecological means of transport and innovative means of propulsion, thus contributing to the decarbonization of transport operations and mitigation the environmental impact of transport systems.


Lead partner:

  • Maritime Institute in Gdańsk (Poland)


Projects partners:

  • EUCC Baltic Office (Lithuania) 
  • Public Institution Coastal Research and Planning Institute (Lithuania)
  • Port of Kolobrzeg (Poland)
  • Port of Oostende (Belgium)


Associated partners:

  • Atlantic Branch of P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of Russian Academy of Sciences (Kaliningrad Region)
  • Port of Elblag (Poland)
  • OT Logistics Group (Poland)
  • Mukran Port (Germany)
  • Port of Vordingborg (Denmark) 


1/1/2018 - 31/12/2020


Project samenvatting PASSAnT

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PASSAnT partners


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01/09/2017 - 31/08/2020


Project summary

PECS = Ports Energy and Carbon Savings

Join the official launch of the Xant wind turbine in Port of Oostende 


Common challenge 
One of the major challenges for the 2 Seas area is to achieve carbon reductions through introduction of low carbon technologies (incl. renewables and energy efficiency). This project is addressing this challenge; in particular the application of such technologies in maritime operations within small and medium sized (SMS-)ports. These ports face numerous common obstacles (f.e. limited resources, technical expertise, lack of collaboration, regulations) and as a result little has been done to reduce carbon emissions. Demonstrations of low carbon technologies and solutions in real life and different circumstances are required to raise awareness and to show feasibility. In addition to convince other SMS-ports it is also necessary to develop and showcase practical methods and tools as energy audit, potentials for renewables and the best mix of low carbon options. Finally SMS-ports needs practical models for low carbon investment & business cases and to come to energy cooperation structures.

Overall objective
Developing, testing and validating various methods, tools and concepts and realising and demonstrating proven and innovative applications for energy efficiency, specific coast-related renewable energy sources and energy storage in such a way that small and medium-sized ports will adopt and use these technologies much more, will start-up energycooperations with all local stakeholders (in and outside ports) and are able to reduce their carbon emissions significantly.

Main outputs:
- 8 demonstrated technologic and economic feasible, innovative and state of the art low-carbon technologies in SMS-ports.
- 4 developed and validated tools and methods to achieve carbon reduction: energy audit, assessment of potentials of
renewables, identification of energy savings, decision making to select the best mix of options.
- 1 developed and demonstrated model of an energy cooperation structure.
- 9 independent verification studies of feasibility of implementated low carbon technologies brought together in an overall
report useful for other SMS-ports.
Organisations in the whole 2 Seas area who will benefit from these outputs are:
- 40 authorities of and local governments with SMS-ports.
- 40 companies in and users of SMS-ports.
- 20 SMEs specialized in low carbon technologies.
- 10 knowledge and research institutes specialized in low carbon and marine technologies.

Cross-border approach
To achieve the main project objectives, outputs and results and to make them usable for all SMS- ports in the 2 Seas area it is necessary to work cross border and to have a partnership which includes a variety of ports and experienced knowledge institutions. Only then it is possible to develop widely applicable and useful tools and methods and to carry out pilot investments with low carbon technologies in order to demonstrate and validate their feasibility. Only when this can be demonstrated these examples can convince other ports to take the same measures. Also to develop good concepts and business models, which consist of a mix of measures, it is necessary to have different ports with very different circumstances on board in which these concepts and models can be tested and validated for wide use in the two seas area. Finally, the cross-border cooperation is needed to come to boundless usable governance structures in which authorities and all users of SMS-ports cooperate.

What is new?
- 5 SMS-ports representative for 2 Seas area acts as living labs to implement, demonstrate and validate innovative and state of the art low carbon technologies using environment specific capabilities.
- Seeing ports as industrial park from perspectives such as process integration and industrial symbiosis to open up new opportunities.
- 4 research institutions, with the ports as labs and companies as partners, will jointly develop tools and methods, f.e. a tool to assess the best mix of technologies for energy production and storage in SMS-ports.
- Business models will be tested and validated consisting of new operational models and application in the field of energy efficiency, renewable sources and storage.
- New collaboration structures in SMS-ports will be developed and demonstrated aiming to increase the uptake of low carbon technologies.
- Awareness raising and persuasive communication to create behavioral changes in SMS-ports and companies working in these ports.

Programme priority 2.

Low carbon technologies

Programme priority specific objective

SO 2.1 Increase the adoption of low-carbon technologies and applications in sectors that have the potential for a high reduction in greenhouse gas emissions


1 BE Port of Ostende                                     1,176,635.00
2 NL Municipality of Hellevoetsluis                329,600.00
3 NL Environmental Agency IJmond              632,214.25
4 NL HZ University of Applied Sciences        279,490.00
5 FR Centre for studies and expertise on risks environment, mobility and urban and  country planning      257,529.25
6 FR IndaChlor sasu                                     3,145,310.00
7 UK Southampton Solent University              269,307.70
8 UK Portsmouth City Council                         898,008.00
9 BE Ghent University                                     333,151.65
10 BE Blue Power Synergy                           750 633, 50

Total budget:                                                8 071 879 euro




2016 - 2019


Project overview

The project overall objective is to improve innovation capacity of SMEs and to facilitate access to the OWI by creating the appropriate supportive conditions. 

The offshore wind industry (OWI) is an important driver for economic development in the NSR and consists of a high percentage of SMEs that are located in clusters around the NSR. These SMEs are challenged by disadvantages of size, complex procurements, high costs and insufficient understanding of the (global) market for their services. They can address this by collaborating on a regional, sectoral and transnational level. Preparatory work from previous projects has paved the way and now allows the partnership to deliver focused support to SMEs. This is the first time that the NSR regional clusters and other supporting organisations in the OWI will work this closely together on the shared goal of bringing their SMEs across the borders to engage them in innovative business collaborations.The project overall objective is to improve innovation capacity of SMEs and to facilitate access to the OWI by creating the appropriate supportive conditions.

More specifically the project aims to:

• Connect and strengthen regional OWI clusters of SMEs by supporting SMEs to enter new transnational markets and by developing transnational SME collaboration

• Developing innovative concepts of harbour logistics and test facilities for SMEs in the OWI

• Improve the workforce for SMEs in the OWI

We will achieve this in cooperation with SMEs by identifying cross-border business collaboration opportunities, by supporting SME innovation capacity and by developing SME focussed MBA-level courses and facilities.



Lead partner: POM West-VlaanderenPOM West Flanders


Other partners: 


Inn2POWER is a project which joins forces of 11 partners over 5 North Sea Region countries. 



- POM West Flanders

- Port of Ostend

- Flanders Maritime Cluster




-  Hochschule Bremerhaven


The Netherlands 

- NOM Noordelijke Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij

- Provincie Groningen



- OffshoreEnergy.dk

- EASV Erhvervs Akademi Sydvest


United Kingdom

- Nautilus

- Kent County Council


Added value for the Port of Oostende 

- Development of the maritime offshore infrastructure

- Improvement of the cost-effectiveness of the offshore maintenance operations in cooperation with other ports and SME


12/2013 - 12/2017


Project overview

LEANWIND is a 4-year project that started in December 2013. Its primary objective is to provide cost reductions across the offshore wind farm lifecycle and supply chain through the application of lean principles and the development of state of the art technologies and tools. The LEANWIND project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No. 614020


Lead partner: University College Cork, Ireland


Dual Ports

10/11/2015 - 31/12/2021


Project title

Developing Low carbon Utilities, Abilities and potential of regional entrepreneurial Ports

Lead Beneficiary

Autonoom Gemeentebedrijf Haven Oostende

Programme Priority

Priority 2 Eco-innovation: Stimulating the green economy

Specific objective

2.2 Stimulate the adoption of new products, services and processes to reduce the environmental footprint of regions around the North Sea

DUAL Ports Kickoff

On November 3rd 2016 the international DUAL Ports Kickoff was held in Vordingborg, and representatives from the participating countries where there.

Project Summary

DUAL Ports aims to decarbonise Regional Entrepreneurial Ports (REPs)´ resources through a shared eco-innovation port programme that minimises their environmental footprint.

The objective is to specifically develop sustainable utilities and abilities of (REPs). This will be achieved by collaboratively piloting and managing technologies and processes that tackle targeted measurable direct/indirect emission/pollution sources.

The project will ultimately enhance ports organizational/operational (energy) efficiency and performance, facilitating port low carbonization at reduced cost and with knowledge/investment added value.

As demonstrated by last years´ offshore wind energy developments in EU & beyond, ports can be key centres of innovation, testing and uptake of emerging technologies, leveraging participation and multiplier effects, e.g. by triggering clustered activities that generate employment and benefit the environment.

A transnational approach/collaboration will be adopted to allow the DUAL small & medium size ports capitalise on this potential, overcoming their individual limited staff, funding and capability to identify the most effective solutions on their own.

Only few measures have been selected due to the project duration and size of the partnership, but they are expected to have a considerable impact on the way ports can act as facilitators between enterprises, research centres and public authorities to enable user-driven ecoinnovation in the North Sea area.

Project implementation


Presentation Dual Ports

Press release

newsletter December 2018 Dual Ports





2009 - 2013


Port Adapting To Change

Interreg IV A - 2 seas programme
"Investing in your future"
Cross border Cooperation Programme 2007 -2013
Part financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund)
Project Leader: Port of Oostende

Project Aim

Crossborder cooperation in order to improve the logistics and economic performance of ports and to develop adapted management models.
Improvement of the management of port development;
Improvement of the socio-economic performance of ports.
Improvement of the quality of the logistics operations on both landside and seaside

Project Partners

Port of Oostende, CCI Calais, Port of Zeebrugge, SEEDA, Port of Ramsgate, Port of Portsmouth, Port of Newhaven, East Sussex CC, Port of Zeeland.

Project Deliverables

Oostende: preparation of a new logistics zone and the development of sites for diversification of economic and logistics activities.

Duurzame Zeehavens (NL)

11/2012 - 12/2014


 Europees Interreg Vlaanderen-Nederland project ‘Duurzame Zeehavens’

In het Europees Interreg Vlaanderen-Nederland project 'Duurzame Zeehavens' werkten de havenbesturen van Gent, Zeebrugge, Oostende, Antwerpen en Terneuzen/Vlissingen samen rond duurzame havenontwikkeling. In het bijzonder legden ze hierbij de focus op energetische verduurzaming. Het project liep van november 2012 tot en met december 2014.

Met steun van het Europees Fonds voor Regionale Ontwikkeling investeerden voormalig Vlaams minister van Mobiliteit en Openbare werken Hilde Crevits, voormalig Vlaams minister van Energie Freya Van den Bossche, de vier Vlaamse zeehavens, de provincies West- en Oost-Vlaanderen, het Nederlandse Zeeland Seaports en de provincie Zeeland samen 794.428 euro in het Europese project "Duurzame zeehavens".

Er werd een tweeledig lerend netwerk opgericht, dat enerzijds bestond uit de betrokken projectpartners die regelmatig grensoverschrijdend overlegden en anderzijds een luik bevatte dat open stond voor alle stakeholders in en rond deze havengebieden. In de schoot van dit lerend netwerk werd een forum gecreëerd waar de deelnemers konden leren van elkaars onderzoeken en acties, inspiratie opdoen en nieuwe opportuniteiten uitdiepen. Het Havenbedrijf Gent trok het project.

PDF icon eindrapport, PDF icon presentatie, PDF icon proejctomschrijving


2013 - end 2015


Advanced National Networks for Administrations

ANNA is an EU Member States driven project - in close co-operation with the European Commission - to support the effective implementation of the EC Directive 2010/65/EU (Reporting Formalities for Ships arriving in/departing from EU ports).

ANNA fosters a harmonized approach for administrative facilitation:

    to reduce red tape for users
    to parse IT languages and
    to exchange data between national (Maritime Single Window) networks.

PDF icon Technische brochure Maritime Single Window


01/06/2013 - 31/05/2015


Blue Energy Production in Ports

Partners from Belgium UK, denmark, Norway: AG Port of Oostende; Highlands and Ishlands Enterprise (HIE); Wave Energy Research Group, Aalborg University; Ghent University, Power-Link; Danish Wave Energy Centre (DanWEC); Sintef Energi AS; Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute (MARINTEK)

The BEPPo project, co-financed by ERDF under the Interreg IVB North Sea Region transnational collaboration Programme, focused on Blue Energy (wave/tidal) and its complementarity with traditional (gas/oil/coal) & new (wind/biomass) sources of power, building on the innovation capacity of ports to become bases for the production of integrated sustainable renewables, thus ensuring reliable & affordable supplies of clean, green energy. BEPPo helped gain a better understanding of how ports should structure themselves operationally, financially and legally, in order to:
-    maximise benefits from marine renewable developments;
-    act as a key enabler of the marine renewables supply chain, through infrastructure investment and innovative technology research;
-    and ultimately become renewable energy platforms and energy efficient businesses which can contribute significantly to the economic development of their areas