Clean North Sea Shipping - Improved dissemination and impact


The CNSS project produced results that have a great need and potential for further dissemination and exploitation. Models & draft tools for visualising of air emissions have been developed. With small adjustments they could be made available for free distribution to schools, universities, public sector organisations and the business community.

The CNSS project has also been preparing high quality evidence based results. CNSS IDI will further develop the triple helix approach & collaboration between industry, policy makers and the research and educational institutes.

01/07/2014 - 30/06/2015
2 - Promoting the Sustainable Management of our Environment
Area of Intervention
2.4 Promoting environmentally responsible energy production practices
Lead Beneficiary
Hordaland County Council
Lars Tveit
Tel: 004755239321
Beneficiaries per Country
Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung GmbH
Hordaland County Council
Swedish Maritime Technologi Forum
United Kingdom
Newcastle University
Antwerp Port Authority
The Netherlands
Harlingen Municipality
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.

  • Information and training material together with the open source module ready for use both at hands-on seminar and in direct dialogue with other ports
  • 2 publications at high profile scientific conferences based on available data sets
  • Three tools described below: 


The Emission Model for the Port of Antwerp, Emport(ANT), calculates and visualizes the emissions of ships in ports. It calculates emission scenarios based on, for example, the use of alternative fuels or the application of exhaust gas cleaning technologies. The model is applicable to other ports and has been adjusted for the Port of Hamburg. 

The model code is freely available and can be installed on any webserver and developed further. Contact the Port of Antwerp to be registered as a user and gain full access to the model. More here:

North Sea Emission Tool 
The North Sea Emission Tool empowers policy and decision makers as well as the industry and scientific community with key information on emission gas spread and aggregation in the North Sea Region. The tool is available here:

The Voyage Prediction Tool
The Voyage Prediction Tool makes it possible to monitor ship engine emissions and model the relationship between engine operating parameters and emissions.The tool is available in two versions, one targeted schools and the general public and another for professionals in the maritime industry. More here:

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