Innovation Competition ‚ZeroEmission@Berth‘

Ships are a significant source of emissions in many ports. Particular challenges in reducing their emissions are posed by the fact that they are powered almost entirely with fossil fuels, are mobile, are spread out around the port at various berths, that different types of ships have different schedules of calling, and that in part they require very large amounts of electricity on board. If they operate with 100 percent renewable power, on-grid land-based power supply facilities can be an effective measure to reduce emissions from seagoing and inland waterway vessels docked in port, but not for every port, not for every berth, and not for every ship. For this reason, the nine largest German seaports want to get to know more innovative solutions, concepts and ideas in order to operate ships at berth with as few emissions as possible.

With its amendment to the Climate Change Act, the German Federal Government has tightened climate regulations and set the goal of achieving greenhouse gas neutrality by 2045. Emissions are to be reduced to 65 percent of 1990 levels by 2030. The EU is aiming at a similarly ambitious target and is striving to decrease net emissions to at least 55 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. In its recently released “Fit for 55 package” (July 2021), the EU Commission has proposed concrete measures regarding ships at berth. Beginning in 2030, certain types of vessels (containerships, cruise ships, and RoPax ferries) of a specified size (GT >5,000) will be required to meet zero emissions while berthed (FuelEU Maritime, Article 5), with onshore power supply, batteries, and fuel cells being defined as possible 2 solutions.

This approach is supported by the large German seaports, but should be designed in a way that is open to all technologies, e.g. to enable the use of fuels from renewable energies. These fuels offer the possibility of reducing CO₂ emissions and air pollutants not only at berth, but also at sea and thus to a much greater extent.

The seaports, represented by the respective port infrastructure companies, want to support the path of decarbonization of shipping with the innovation competition 'ZeroEmission@Berth' to enable ship operation at the berth without emissions.

We are looking for innovative ideas, concepts and existing technology solutions that provide alternatives to existing shore power system and to energy supply approaches for ships at berth and which can also contribute to reducing emissions while ships are at sea.

A presentation of the following content is expected: technical description of the solution; explanation of the technological maturity; energy source used; suitable ship types and sizes; applicability of the solution (at berth or also at sea); conditions to be created at the berths and on the ships; energy efficiency; emission potential (climate pollutants and air pollutants); economic consideration (particularly investment and operating costs estimates); market potential.

 

We are seeking applications in the following innovation categories:

A

Concepts

We are seeking proposals for alternative energy supply approaches for ships at berth, which are still at an R&D stage but which demonstrate the potential for innovation.
 

B

Prototypes

We are seeking ideas that demonstrate technical feasibility, but which still lack the development stages (e.g. economic feasibility studies or further system developments).

C

Existing solutions

We are seeking market-ready solutions that are already being successfully implemented in other ports or on board and are available, but still require some adaptation or scaling-up.

The innovation competition offers the opportunity to present your innovation to decision-makers and to gain media attention.

Of course, we are always happy to answer any questions you may have.  E-Mail:  peter.moller@maritimes-cluster.de

Application date closes on 18 June 2022 at 11:59 pm (CET)

Terms and conditions of participation & application process

Entry conditions for innovation competition ‘ZeroEmission@Berth’©

1. General entry conditions

1.1 The initiators of this innovation competition ‘ZeroEmission@Berth’ are the following organisations (hereinafter: ‘Ports’):
- bremenports
- Brunsbüttel Ports
- Hamburg Port Authority
- JadeWeserPort
- Lübeck Port Authority
- Port of Kiel
- Niedersachsen Ports
- Rostock Port
- Seehafen Wismar

The Maritime Cluster Norddeutschland e. V. (hereinafter: ‘MCN’) is the organiser of this innovation competition and is responsible for its implementation.

1.2 The MCN will accept submissions and pass them on to the expert jury and to the ports. Submissions and information provided is not anonymous.

1.3 An independent, expert jury selects the nominees and award the winners at its own responsibility and will justify its selection decision to the ports. The ports decide on the winners of the award. Only submissions that are submitted on time and satisfy the entry criteria will be considered. The decision of the jury and the ports is binding; all the participants in this innovation competition agree to accept this decision. There is no right of appeal.

1.4. Registration for the competition does not constitute a claim to an automatic consideration of a submission by the jury. The decision and judgement by the jury are final and cannot be appealed. The decision of the jury is not subject to a judicial review regarding its factual correctness. There is no entitlement to a verbal or written statement of reasons for the jury's decision and no entitlement to an award.

1.5. The jury is appointed by the ports and the MCN.

1.6. All the technical and commercial details of the submissions will be kept confidential by the MCN, the ports and the jury until the award ceremony. The technical and commercial details of the submissions may be published during and after the award ceremony, provided they have been provided with the submission. By submitting an entry, the participant grants the MCN and the ports the right to use the following information prior to the award ceremony for the innovation competition ZeroEmission@Berth for publication and advertising activities such as prints, publications, displays and filming: Participant name(s), logo(s), trade name(s), trademark(s), submission title, brief description, PR photos or graphics submitted.

1.7. There is no right of appeal. Participants in the ZeroEmission@Berth innovation competition agree not to take legal action against the organiser MCN, the ports or the jury at any time, before, during or after the competition, regarding the selection of submissions, the jury or other decisions with respect to this innovation competition.

1.8. Each participant in the ZeroEmission@Berth innovation competition is responsible for ensuring that the materials they provide do not infringe any patent/protection rights or other intellectual property rights of any person, company or institution. The MCN, the ports and the jury are excluded from any liability for damages of any kind in the event of a violation of this obligation by the competitor. If a participant or award winner is found to have violated the law and such violation only becomes known after the award ceremony, they will be disqualified from receiving the award and must return it.

1.9. Award winners have the right to state that they are winners of the ZeroEmission@Berth innovation competition in PR and advertising activities, stationery and other documents for publication.

1.10. Only one (1) first prize will be awarded in each of the three (3) prize categories, provided there were at least three (3) submissions per category. The award includes a certificate and a trophy. In addition, the winners will have the opportunity to receive high-profile support from the MCN and the ports as part of the innovation competition.

1.11. If there are at least three (3) submissions in one or more award categories, but none of the submissions achieves over 50% of the possible number of points, the jury is under no obligation to award a participant in this category.

1.12. All the nominees and final winners will be invited to the award ceremony of the ZeroEmission@Berth innovation competition by the MCN in a timely manner (for details see "Submission deadline and schedule"). All nominees are requested to submit three slides on the key features of their submission to the MCN as soon as possible, based on a presentation template provided by the MCN. The submission will form the basis of the presentations during the award ceremony of the ZeroEmission@Berth innovation competition. The final winners will only be publicly announced at the award ceremony. Award winners are bound to secrecy and may only announce their award during and after the award ceremony.

1.13. All participants must expressly agree to the conditions of entry in the ZeroEmission@Berth innovation competition. Consent is granted along with the submission on the event website www.zeroemissionatberth.com.

1.14. If requested by the MCN, nominees and award winners must submit a signed written declaration of consent (as a scanned original or an original sent by post).

2. Submission deadline and timetable

The submission deadline must be observed for a submission to be considered for this innovation competition. Submissions submitted too late can no longer be considered. There is expressly no legal claim to participation.

Registration / Registration deadline

The competition starts on 01. Jan. 2022, 10:00 CET and ends on 18 June 2022, 23:59 CET (registration and submission deadline). During this period, participants can enter the competition on the website www.zeroemissionatberth.com via the online submission platform provided and present the competition entry. Registration for the competition and the presentation of the submission is only possible online. Entries not submitted via this online application form (analogue or not via the online application platform) will not be considered. Participants may submit several projects per participant. Every participant is entitled to withdraw their submission until the closing date. The withdrawal of the submission must be made in writing to MCN.

3. Categories

The ZeroEmission@Berth innovation competition focuses on solutions that contribute to emission-free ship operations at berth and ideally also at sea.

In this context, innovations are sought from the following categories.

A. Concepts - We are seeking proposals for alternative energy supply approaches for ships at berth, which are still at an R&D stage but which demonstrate the potential for innovation.

B. Prototypes - We are seeking ideas that demonstrate technical feasibility, but which still lack the development stages (e.g. economic feasibility studies or further system developments).

C. Existing solutions - We are seeking market-ready solutions that are already being successfully implemented in other ports or on board and are available, but still require some adaptation or scaling-up.

4. Entry conditions

4.1 All companies, universities, institutes, scientists or other individual natural persons may submit an entry for the award categories A - C.

4.2 The same submission cannot be entered more than once (it cannot be submitted for more than one award category) without exhibiting demonstrable changes.

4.3 The evaluation criteria for all three categories include:

• Level of innovation
• Energy effiziency
• Emission level (climate pollutants, air pollutants)
• Economic analysis (investment costs and operating costs)
• Market potential

 

5. Entry conditions Structure and content of the submission

5.1 The submission must be completed and uploaded in full in German or English in the web interface on the following website: www.zeroemissionatberth.com
Only complete and formally correct submissions to the competition will be considered.
Specifications for the maximum number of text characters are available as information under the form sections of the web interface.

5.2 All submissions for categories A, B and C must include the following:

• Category
• Company name/University/Institute/Institution
• Name of applicant
• Submission title
• Short description (max. 1,000 characters)
• Full description outlining: technical description of the solution; explanation of the technological maturity; energy source used; suitable ship types and sizes; applicability of the solution (at berth or also at sea); conditions to be created at the berths and on the ships; energy efficiency; emission potential (climate pollutants and air pollutants); economic consideration (particularly investment and operating costs estimates); market potential.
• Photo of the author(s)
• For existing technical solutions: Printable photo proofs or graphics of the product/project (stating the image rights)
• Declaration of consent
 
5.3 The submission must be clearly classified by the participant at the outset as a submission for the A, B or C award category.

5.4 A submission can only be entered for one (1) award category. Submissions should be clearly attributable to one (1) company, university, institute or individual. In the case of groups of persons, the cooperation partners of the participant must be named separately as partners in the web interface.

5.5 Important additional information for a submission such as drawings, graphics, photos or PDFs must also be submitted digitally. For PR/marketing purposes, a photo of the author and two printable photos/graphics of the product/project (PNG/JPG format / 300 dpi / 1 x portrait / 1 x landscape) must be uploaded with each submission, stating the image rights and (only if given) a company/institute logo. When submitting the data, you agree to make it available to the MCN and the ports for publication as part of the ZeroEmission@Berth innovation competition.

5.6 The signed consent form must be provided as a scanned original upon request by the MCN.

5.7 There is no legal entitlement to participate in the competition. The rejection of any participation and the admission of another participant, is not subject to judicial review with respect to its factual correctness.

6. Data protection

Information on data processing in the context of this innovation competition is available on this website: Datenschutzerklärung DSGVO Maritimes Cluster Norddeutschland e. V (Privacy Policy GDPR Maritimes Cluster Norddeutschland e. V.). Registration for the competition is made in full knowledge of this information. The registering participant assures the data protection conformity of the transmission of personal data of third parties to the organiser within the scope of the legal responsibility of the participant in accordance with Art. 4 no. 7 GDPR.

7. Declaration of consent

By registering for the ‘ZeroEmission@Berth’ competition, the participant agrees to the terms and conditions of participation and data protection by actively agreeing to them on the online application platform.
 

Our jury of experts

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bert Buchholz

Head of the Chair of Piston Machines and Internal Combustion Engines
University of Rostock
www.lkv.uni-rostock.de

Anja Henke

Senior Manager HESS & Compliance
Operating Line Training Manager /
Deputy Operating Line Compliance Manager
Carnival Maritime GmbH
www.carnival-maritime.com

Peter Müller-Baum

Managing Director VDMA Power-to-X for Applications
VDMA / German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association
www.vdma.org

Roger Strevens

VP Global Sustainability
Wallenius Wilhelmsen
www.walleniuswilhelmsen.com

Captain Wolfram Guntermann

Director Regulatory Affairs
Hapag-Lloyd AG
www.hlag.com

L. Daniel Hosseus

Managing Director
ZDS Zentralverband der Deutschen Seehafenbetriebe
zds-seehaefen.de

Carl Ulfert Stegmann, Dipl.-Kfm.

CEO
Reederei Norden-Frisia
www.reederei-frisia.de

The initiators

The initiators of the project ‚ZeroEmission@Berth‘ are the port infrastructure companies of the herewith mentioned German seaports. With their joint position paper on ‚ZeroEmission@Berth‘, they are positioning themselves for a level playing field, for a technology-neutral approach and for the Polluter Pays Principle.
Link to the position paper on ‚ZeroEmission@Berth‘