Source: European Commission, 2020-10-02
Five INEA projects supported through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and Horizon (2020) funding programmes have been featured in the EuroNews Ocean programme. The show, which was broadcast on 29 September, focussed on the measures taken at European level to make the shipping sector more sustainable.
From monitoring to reducing polluting emissions, EU-funded research under Horizon 2020 Transport is testing innovative approaches to greening shipping. The Project Sense has developed drone technology to support enforcement authorities in the monitoring of sulphur emissions from ships during cruise. Testing novel monitoring techniques combining on-board, on-shore in situ and optical remote, airborne, and satellite systems, is the focus of the SCIPPER project. The RotorDEMO project has demonstrated the Rotor Sail – a technique using wind to power a mechanical sail – expected to save up to 20 % of energy used by ships on long sea voyages. The Rotors Sail is now being tested on-board a commercial ship on the Turku-Stockholm route. The all-electric ferry Ellen also peeps in the show: it is the first 100% electric-powered passenger ferry in the world.
The CEF Transport NextGen Link project was also featured during the show, supporting the auto-mooring and automatic truck scanning systems in the port of Turku (Finland). Overall the project supports improvements in the ports of Turku, Stockholm and Mariehamn to develop sustainable maritime transport routes, promote green shipping and the use of alternative fuels, as well as improving port connectivity. The broader scope is to support the introduction of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-powered roll-on passenger vessels for the maritime link between Turku and Stockholm.