Five inland merchant ships docked at the Heembeek wharf as part of the Green Inland Shipping event. Their particularity? They are equipped with an innovative engine, more respectful of the environment.
As the Port of Brussels itself is CO 2 neutral for its buildings, it was with great interest that it hosted this event jointly organized with the European Commission and various organizations active in river transport, including the European Inland Barging Innovation Platform. The innovative technologies of the boats were presented in the presence of Alain Maron, Brussels Minister for the environment and also Minister of Port Authority.
The boats operate on electricity, liquefied natural gas, and hydrogen, respectively. Indeed, if more and more initiatives are taken in favor of the environment, such an event is an opportunity to show that merchant shipping also has keys in hand to become an even more sustainable means of transport to the environment. within the European Union.
As a reminder, river transport is the most ecological transport. The seven million tons of materials and goods transported by the waterway last year to the Port of Brussels have avoided more than 100,000 tons of CO 2 emissions , a significant figure, but which could still to be considerably improved if we start to integrate innovative engines that are less polluting, such as those presented during Green Inland Shipping.
Source: Port of Brussels