Cleaner and greener transport in the Wadden Sea region

24 jun 2013

The Netherlands, Germany and Denmark are collaborating to create an LNG master plan for the Wadden Sea and the North Sea to introduce small scale Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in transport over water to reduce Europe’s dependence on (imported) oil and to reduce carbon emissions and emissions of SO2, NOx and particulate matter drastically. The Masterplan is focussed on the Wadden Sea region as a stepping stone towards the North Sea. Member of the European Parliament, Lambert Van Nistelrooij, embraces this transnational initiative and presents the plan together with the 3 pan-European parties involved on Tuesday the 25th of June in the European Parliament.

The Dutch Energy Valley Foundation, the German Maritime Competence Centre and the Danish Maritime Development Centre of Europe are active in carrying out the initiative. They want to eliminate barriers that prevent a fast transition process to LNG as the alternative fuel for transport for the future. The goal is to introduce 1 to 2 million tons of LNG in the transport market by 2025. For the short term they mean to:

•    convert or new built at least 50 ferries, short-sea vessels and fishing ships toLNG by the end of 2016
•    create a potential transition of traditional fuels to LNG of 185,000 tonnes of fuel per annum
•    reduce at least 10% of Carbon dioxide, 80% of Nitrogen dioxide, 100% Sulfur dioxide, 100% particulate matter and 50% in noise emissions.

Fundamental, technical modifications need to be effectuated to the existing fleet. Therefore specific measures need to be taken to support entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises in developing new corporate solutions. These solutions have the potential to bring about the fundamental change of the industrial LNG structure, creating a new competitive European industry.

About Energy Valley
Energy Valley ( , a public private cooperation with a focus on stimulating Dutch Northern regional economic activity on the topic of energy. Its mission is to encourage, incite, facilitate and connect companies, knowledge institutes and government bodies to develop projects together and make real progress in clean, reliable and innovative energy. The organisation has extensive experience in (international) and EU funded project management.

About Mariko the Maritime Competence Centre
Mariko, The Maritime Competence Centre, ( is the cluster organisation of maritime potential within the Ems Dollart Region (D). MARIKO is an active partner in (international) cluster collaborations such as the EU funded MariTIM project.

About Maritime Development Centre of Europe
Maritime Development Centre of Europe, MDCE, ( is a professional network and cluster organization that proactively helps to promote development in the maritime industry (DK). MDCE is involved in an LNG project “MARtechLNG”, which also is targeting SMVs involvement in LNG projects and building contracts.

LNG Transition project
Next to the active partners being Energy Valley, Mariko and MDCE, the LNG transition project also will be endorsed by the Dutch National LNG Platform, the Dutch Topconsortium for Knowledge and Innovation Gas (TKI Gas) and the Northern Netherlands representation of SMEs and large companies (VNO-NCW Noord), both from the Netherlands. Other partner organisations from the private as well as the public sector will present their endorsement papers in the near future.