Germany extends support to shipowners decarbonising their fleet
German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure has extended its support for domestic shipowners with a new round of funding. Five more companies have been provided support to the tune of €31 million to operate in a more environmentally friendly manner, among them SAL Heavy Lift and EMS-Fehn-Group.
Speaking of the funding, German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Volker Wissing said, “Thanks to our funding 17 ships will become more environmentally friendly and energy efficient. This protects the environment, strengthens the maritime economy and brings us closer to decarbonization.”
In a total of four funding calls, the ministry has been supporting its shortsea shipping industry in modernising its fleet and switching to the latest technology. A total of 28 projects have already been funded with €59 million, the ministry said.
Among the companies receiving support are Fehn Ship Management of the EMS-Fehn-Group and SAL Heavy Lift, part of the Harren Group.
Together with its partners, Fehn Ship Management developed an ECOaster concept, a 6,000 dwt multipurpose vessel featuring optimised hull lines, increased cargo space, advanced propeller design and diesel-electric propulsion complemented with wind-assisted propulsion.
As for SAL Heavy Lift, its Orca Class newbuildings have been granted support by the ministry. Speaking of the support, Martin Harren, owner and CEO of SAL Heavy Lift and the Harren Group, said, “Our new Orca heavy lift vessels will enable us to offer completely climate-neutral transport solutions. Furthermore, they will be the most efficient ships in their class with consumption and emission figures far superior to any existing heavy lift vessel today.”