LNG Masterplan

Masterplan for introduction of LNG as fuel and as cargo for Rhine/Meuse-Main-Danube inland navigation

Time Project Coordinator Funding Scheme
Start date: January 2013 
End date: December 2015
Pro Danube Management GmbH TEN-T Programme
Call: 2012-EU-18067-S



The LNG Masterplan overall objective is to prepare and to launch the full-scale deployment of LNG as environmental friendly and efficient fuel in the inland navigation sector within the Priority Project 18 Rhine/Meuse-Main-Danube axis. It is a combined effort from sea and inland ports, authorities and barge and terminal operators, as well as logistic service providers, which will remove market barriers and take the first steps in realising a new LNG supply chain.


RINA has supported MIT (the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport), starting from the experience gained at national level, in the elaboration and dissemination of a comprehensive strategy & recommendations (Masterplan) for the implementation of LNG as fuel for inland vessels and as cargo on the Rhine/Meuse-Main-Danube waterway axis.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s in the field of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) number 2012-EU-18067-S.


The LNG Masterplan Action has created/elaborated a platform for the cooperation of authorities and industry stakeholders with the purpose to facilitate the creation of a harmonized European regulatory framework for LNG as fuel and cargo in inland navigation and to promote the introduction of LNG as a fuel and cargo for inland shipping. It delivers technical concepts for new and retrofitted vessels being propelled by LNG and transporting LNG as well as a significant number of pilot deployments of vessels and terminals. It also develops a comprehensive strategy together with a detailed roadmap for the implementation of LNG in line with the EU transport/energy/environmental policy goals and actions.

Project Consortium

1 A3PS - Austrian Agency for Alternative Propulsion Systems 2 Erste Group Bank AG, EVN AG, FH OÖ 3 Forschungs & Entwicklungs GmbH 4 Pro Danube Management GmbH 5 Gemeentelijk Havenbedrijf Antwerpen 6 Bulmarket DM Ltd. 7 Asociace NGV o.s. 8 DST Entwicklungszentrum für Schiffstechnik und Transportsysteme e.V. 9 Germanischer Lloyd SE, Universität Duisburg Essen 10 Port autonome de Strasbourg, Chemgas Barging S.ár.l. 11 Argos Bunkering B.V. 12 DCL Barge B.V. 13 Havenbedrijf Rotterdam N.V. 14 Stichting STC-Group 15 Kooiman Marine B.V. 16 LNG E-motion BV 17 National Company 18 The Maritime Danube Ports Administration Joint Stock Company Galati 19 Ceronav - Centrul Român pentru Pregătirea şi Perfecţionarea Personalului din Transporturi Navale 20 Compania De Navigatie Fluviala Romana Navrom S.A. 21 Transport Trade Services S.A. 22 University of Craiova, Danube LNG – European Economic Interest Grouping 23 Výskumný ústav dopravný, a. s. 24 Staatliche Rhein-Neckar-Hafengesellschaft Mannheim mbH 25 Telekommunikation 26 Verkehr und Kommunale Dienste 27 Italian Republic 28 EN 4 EN 29 Schönherr Rechtsanwälte GmbH 30 Bodewes Binnenvaart B.V. 31 Bernhard Schulte (Cyprus) Ltd

Alessandro Maccari