Germany launches gas-fuelled ships incentives

Newbuild or retrofit LNG projects such as the recently retrofitted 'Wes Amelie' will in future be eligible for government grants Newbuild or retrofit LNG projects such as the recently retrofitted 'Wes Amelie' will in future be eligible for government grants

Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is to offer grants for companies building or retrofitting ships to use LNG as a fuel.

The incentives are open only to new projects and for ships that will comply with IMO’s Tier III NOx limits. The ministry is in the process of drafting the first call for proposals, through which ship operators and owners will be able to apply for the grants.

The grants are available to fund equipment for new ships with propulsion systems using LNG either as part of a dual-fuel or pure gas configuration, or for the conversion and replacement of conventional diesel engines for pure gas or dual-fuelled operation. Gas-fuelled auxiliary systems, such as boilers, can also be funded.

The incentives are intended to support the introduction of LNG as a marine fuel in Germany, diversify the country’s fuel base and deliver the environmental and health benefits of switching to less polluting fuels.

BMVI’s gas incentive announcement is available in German here.

The German shipbuilding and ocean industries association VSM welcomed the move, while noting that “important details of the practical implementation remain reserved for a later tender and the application of the programme”.

Ralf Sören Marquardt, managing director, VSM, said: “It must be ensured that the technological leadership of the German industry is supported and that emissions are particularly reduced in local ports and seas.”

If you would like to learn more about the use of low flashpoint fuels as a maritime fuel, visit the Gas Fuelled Ships Conference from 13-15 November on board the Viking Mariella to hear from experts speaking on topics from technology and design updates, to bunkering processes and the long term viability of LNG.

Contact a member of the events team today to book your place for the Gas Fuelled Ships Conference. Call +44 1329 852335 or email

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