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Hamburg's logistics initiative to support national maritime LNG platform

Um Flüssigerdgas (engl. LNG = Liquified Natural Gas) als umweltfreundlichen und sicheren Kraftstoff auch in Deutschland zu etablieren, wurde nach niederländischem Vorbild diese LNG-Plattform von Industrieunternehmen, Reedereien, Häfen und Initiativen gegründet, um politisch unabhängig als Dialog- aber auch Sparringpartner der Politik die erforderlichen Schritte zur Markteinführung von LNG aktiv mitzugestalten und voranzubringen. In to establish liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an environmentally friendly and safe fuel in Germany, a new maritime LNG platform was founded by industry partners, shipping companies, ports, and initiatives on the Dutch model to promote and advance the introduction of LNG.

The Maritime LNG platform focusses on the provision of clean fuel in the ports. In the medium term, of course, this also includes a sustainable hinterland traffic. We therefore advocate the establishment of an infrastructure with LNG filling stations for land transport, “says Werner Gliem, managing director of the Hamburg Logistics Initiative.

These specific objectives have been set:

• to convert or put into operations 50 additional with LNG in German ports over the next five years.
• 250 calls of ships per year, serviced on the water side with LNG land power within the next three years
• the implementation of at least five ports in Germany, securing the provision of LNG in five years. f Häfen in Deutschland, die in fünf Jahren die Versorgung mit LNG sicherstellen
• reduction of SOx, NOx, CO2 emissions and particulate matter

Prof. Freerk Meyer, professor of mechanical engineering, marine propulsion, ship operating systems in the department of shiping at the university of Emden Leer, explained the advantages of LNG and explained the benefits of LNG and emphasised the safety of this clean fuel: “In our cities, we have become used to the fact that the majority of household is serviced by the gas grid and thus significantly contribute to cleaner cities.
As cooled, liquefied natural gas, LNG is safe and reliable in its application. LNG has the potential to significantly improve the quality of air in ports, at sea, and in coastal regions.”

On the Logistics Initiative Hamburg

Award by the EU the GOLD-Label “Cluster Management Excellence“ , the network consists of companies and institutions from the Hamburg Metropolitan Region that founded the Logistics Initiative Hamburg e.V., and representatives of the Free and Hanseatic city of Hamburg. Comprising more than 500 member companies and institutions from industry, trade, services, and R&D, and numerous public institutions, the Logistik-Initiative Hamburg is Europe’s largest network of the industry sector. Key objective of this public-private partnership is to further develop the role of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region as a leading logistics metropolis of northern Europe and to network logistics-related companies and institutions.

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