The MS Rhoenland is a inland vessel that entered service in the 1960s. With a cargo capacity of 2071 tons, the MS Rhoenland replaces nearly 100 truck trips on each tour, thus ensuring less traffic on Europe’s roads – and in the overall balance less carbon dioxide in the air.
After 60 years of operation, the original engine, which weighs a proud 28t, has now been replaced. The conversion time at MSG’s own shipyard in Dorfprozelten took 5 weeks.
The new engine, weighing 7t, is much leaner, has the highest exhaust stage 5, brings soot filter, catalytic converter and urea injection on board. It produces 90% less particulate emissions and 80% less nitrogen oxides. The engine is suitable to use alternative and future fuels. Up to e-fuels derived from #hydrogen and #carbon dioxide.
The immense investment of 450,000 euros was subsidized with a government funding scheeme. A sensible measure, on the way to more sustainability, which is currently no longer supported in Germany. Too bad for the environment.
Inland shipping plays an important role in European logistics. On the way to a climate-neutral #economy, it not only serves as a CO2-saving carrier. In contrast to road and rail, there are also still free capacities on #waterways. One modern inland waterway vessel replaces around 150 #trucks on the roads.