The DOOR2LNG project proposal has been submitted as a Motorways of the Sea project to the EU’s CEF Transport 2015 call. The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport is the funding instrument to realise European transport infrastructure policy.
The total cost of the submitted DOOR2LNG project is €73,86 million and applied co-funding is about €22,74 million. The proposals are evaluated by independent experts between February and May 2016. In July 2016 the applicants are expected to be informed whether their project is recommended for co-funding.
The DOOR2LNG project introduces liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an alternative fuel for the door-to-door multi-modal supply chain in the Northern European Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA) and decreases harmful air emissions (CO2, SOX, NOX, PM) in shipping. The project introduces a competitive and environmentally friendly alternative to long-distance road transportation through frequent departures and the use of 45-foot (ft) containers offering the same freight unit loading capacity as standard road trailer. The proposed Action will upgrade two maritime container transport links between the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) Core Ports of Helsinki (FI), Rotterdam (NL) and Teesport (UK) in two ways: firstly, the environmental upgrade of newbuild vessels, going beyond the requirements of legislation, and secondly, the development of port infrastructure – removing bottlenecks of inefficiency and investing in cargo handling capacity and infrastructure.