02 aug2017

How will Watertruck+ meet the EURO VI norm of road transport?

In the Grant Agreement, it is stated that the type of fuel and propulsion system to be used will at least comply with the EURO VI norm of road transport. As this standard was not originally intended for vessel emissions, little was known about the implications of the use of this standard and the appertaining test methods for marine applications.

In a study by EICB, a wide range of inland waterway transport greening technologies and fuelling types have been evaluated by their operational, technical and economic feasibility, in order to assess their guaranteed conformity with EURO VI emission levels and probability of success. The objective was to investigate whether or not EURO VI emission levels are also attainable for the propulsion of the Watertruck+ vessel, rather than the truck engines it was intended for.

  1. Out of a longlist of innovative technologies, a shortlist of 12 applicable techniques was assessed. Five types of the technologies investigated can reach the EURO VI norm in the short, middle or long term. If one of these technologies is chosen, the EURO VI norm will be reached.
  2. The Watertruck+ fleet will exceed the recently approved NRMM EU Stage V.
  3. There is sufficiently broad technological basis available to start negotiations with the shipyards.

Contact: info@vlaamsewaterweg.be

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