Clean North Sea Shipping - Improved dissemination and impact

Background and Aim

CNSS aimed to:

The new CNSS IDI project aimed at maximising the results and impacts from the CNSS project. The project extended and significantly strengthened the communication activities started in the original project. It provided for communication to a wider audience both policy makers, ports and the wider public.

The project included an analysis of the most important target groups reached so far and a new set of stakeholders were targeted. The extended target groups enabled further dissemination to key policy makers at local and regional level covering the North Sea Region Programme countries, ports and key industry actors as well as other relevant actors at EU and global level. 


The CNSS project produced some results that have a potential beyond what was expected in the original project plan, especially for dissemination and exploitation of results. Models and draft tools for simulation and visualising of spread of air emissions in ports and at the North Sea coastal areas were developed as part of the project activities. These had a potential for wider use, and with some small adjustments they were made available for free distribution (open source) to schools, universities, public sector organisations and even the business community. Project results could be visualised and demonstrated by hands-on tools made available from the CNSS website. 

A tool deriving from the simulations work done at Newcastle University is a voyage emission prediction tool based on the new CNSS emission factors. It allows the user to set different ship types, different fuel type and different engines as well as specifying voyage lengths and shipping activity along the voyage (cruising speeds, manoeuvring speeds, and so on). It then calculates, as a function of the trip, the emission pollution and emission indexes per passenger or per cargo). 

This was developed in a much more user friendly way for appropriate end-user audiences and it had more graphics and display options added to help the different audiences understand and visualise the generation of emitted pollutants along the voyage. This promoted the CNSS results and the importance of collaboration between ports and regions to reduce emission for a wide target group. 

In the port of Antwerp, the CNSS project established a harbour emission model that is an important example of an operational model for other ports. The model is available as an open source module and provides information and guidance on how to start planning and implementing similar processed in other ports. Targeted seminars for North Sea Region ports as well as ports involved in other Interreg projects were planned to kick-start further dissemination and take up of the CNSS project results.

A third version of maps and visualisation tools are linked to the North Sea emission scenarios. The CNSS IDI made this available as interactive tool for probing different fleet development and regulation scenarios. 

The CNSS project was also successful in preparing high quality evidence based results, which has also been accepted as publications for the scientific community. This has both provided for a high quality profile and targeted dissemination of innovation and research results from the project. CNSS IDI will capitalized on these results and further developed the triple helix approach to strengthen the collaboration between industry, policy makers and the research and educational institutes. 

The CNSS IDI project addressed these new and additional activities to reach stakeholders who had not previously been involved in the CNSS project and possibly even not in the North Sea Region Programme.

The overall aim was to encourage take up of the CNSS results and to encourage new stakeholders to take an active role in the use of the results beyond the original project partnership and the dissemination activities in the original CNSS project.

PROJECT DURATION: 2014-07-01 - 2015-06-30
LEAD BENEFICIARY: Hordaland County Council

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