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Reducing air pollution from vessels serving the German Federal Administration
by Germany (Government)
Germany supports the objective of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to prevent pollution from ships including the ongoing efforts to minimize airborne emission from ships. The use of high-quality fuel is one possible way to further minimize air pollution from ships. As a pilot project the replacement building of the survey, wreck-search and research vessel ATAIR that is operated by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) is equipped with LNG-propulsion. The new ATAIR will be able to operate 10 days using Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) only; which is the usual duration of a survey cruise. Burning LNG causes less noxious emissions compared to marine gas oil or even heavy fuel oil. After the ATAIR it is planned to equip two more German survey vessels
with LNG propulsion. The intention of the German Federal Government is to lead by example in reducing air pollution from ships.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Management of ship-based pollution and/or port waste management
February 2020
Commission of the LNG propulsed Survey, wreck-seaerch and research vessel ATAIR
In-kind contribution
USD 8,4 Mio additional costs for LNG propulsion
Basic information
Time-frame: 12/2015 - 12/2020
Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI/Government) Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH/Government) Federal Waterways Engeneering and Research Institute (BAW/Government)
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Matthias Wunsch, German Maritime and Hydrographic Agency, matthias.wunsch@bsh.de, +49 (0) 40 3190-3507
Hamburg, Germany
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