Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Reduced emissions from ships supported under the EU’s TEN-T programme

Creation date: April 10, 2012

A project to reduce polluting emissions from ships moored in ports is set to receive over €3 million in EU co-financing from the TEN-T Programme. The project will take place in Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium and the United Kingdom and will explore the case for connecting ships with an onshore electrical power supply to bypass the need for the ship's own auxiliary engines.


The project, which was submitted under the 2011 TEN-T Multi-Annual Call, contributes to the realisation of TEN-T Priority Project 21 "Motorways of the Sea". It  involves the creation of a standardised onshore electrical power supply network in selected ports in order to allow ships at berth to draw their power needs directly from the grid rather than having their auxiliary engines running to produce electricity.


A test pilot will also be organised in the framework of the project, equipping five terminals and three ships, to prove the functionality of the on-shore power supply concept and ensure the compliance between the ports and the ship installations.


The project aims to achieve big reductions in air polluting emissions and create the opportunity for other shipping companies and terminal operators to use an environmental friendly shipping link in the North Sea, by offering them a standard and easy-to-adapt-to solution.


The project, which is managed by the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency, is set to finish by December 2014.


For more information, please consult the project's page!



Press Release in Danish -  .doc (38.5 KB)


Press Release in German -  .doc (39 KB)


Press Release in French -  .doc (42.5 KB)


Press Release in Dutch -  .doc (39.5 KB)


Press Release in Swedish -  .doc (38.5 KB)