World’s first river vessel to be refitted with LNG engine
The Dutch inland waterway vessel EIGER NORDWAND will become the world's first inland vessel retrofitted with Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) engines. The vessel was recently inaugurated by the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) and after refitting it will be powered by 99% LNG.
The inauguration of the LNG-powered EIGER is one of the important steps in the EU-supported project "LNG Masterplan Rhine-Main-Danube“, which is dealing with launching sustainable transport in the European river sector. The project is targeted to test, analyze and develop LNG-use in the European inland waterway networks.
Behind the „LNG Masterplan“ is an attempt to retrofit a number of river vessels with LNG engines and thus to reduce the emissions in the inland waterway sector. The EIGER is the first inland vessel ever to undergo such a trial and to help assessing the conditions to implement the use of LNG fuel in the Europe’s rivers and canals.