Besides boosting the Rotterdam LNG hub, the funding will benefit the whole European LNG logistics chain. For instance, 33 partners are involved in the LNG Masterplan for the Rhine-Main-Danube corridor, coordinated by ‘ProDanube’ and the Port Authority. The ports of Antwerp, Strasbourg, Mannheim and Basel and a few private parties are also involved. The subsidy for the breakbulk terminals relates to a joint venture between the ports of Gothenburg and Rotterdam.
The first inland vessels to sail on LNG in the Port are the Argonon and the Greenstream recently launched, which Shell now charters. This year, the municipality of Rotterdam amended the regulations, so that inland shipping can now bunker. Supported by this subsidy, the port authorities of Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Gothenburg and Antwerp, among others, are now preparing further joint international regulations.
Source: Port of Rotterdam