National Hub gathers stakeholders in a LNG working group

Within the support activities in the field of Sustainable Transport and Alternative Fuels, the Italian National Hub has activated a local working group, composed of stakeholders in the field of LNG for maritime transport. The members of this group include business associations, policy makers, national development banks, research institutes, consulting companies and universities.

A view of the future Higas Oristano GNL project in the port of in Port of Santa Giulia

The Santa Giulia – Oristano GNL project

Among them is Assocostieri, the association of Italian companies involved in energy (maritime) logistics and biofuels. It is one of the most pro-active members, having organised a survey among associated firms and collected seven project info-sheets about LNG bunkering facilities, some with re-gasification plants, which are looking for funding, financing, cross-border partnerships, etc..

With this aim, Assocostieri and the National Hub organised an info day on funding programmes and calls, including the Connecting Europe Facility, the EIB, national development banks and private equity funds. This took place on 5 March, immediately before the official lockdown in the country. The meeting allowed for online participation, so as to allow for people in the COVID-19 “red-zone” to participate.

Assocostieri Director General Dario Soria and Eng. Capaccioli introduced the work done thus far in the field and the project info-sheets obtained, to twelve private participants (7 of which joined remotely), two representatives of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and the coordinator of Conferenza GNL, Diego Gavagnin, the first Italian initiative on the LNG related supply chain.

 

Italian National Hub then described the assistance activities, their ability to work with other Mediterranean partners, and went through a detailed presentation of the CEF Blending Facility call, the CEF MAP Reflow call, CEF II, EIB financing products – including the Green Shipping Guarantee Programme -and outcomes of ongoing talks with national development banks and private equity funds.

Basing themselves on the project info-sheets, the National Hub also prepared an assessment of access to CEF calls.

Logo of the Connecting Europe Facility funds

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport is the funding instrument to realise European transport infrastructure policy

Considering the preliminary availability of the Italian Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure to lead an LNG cross-border project, the next step is to match this availability with the most suitable project and to confirm the interest (already verbally expressed by many stakeholders) of other countries’ operators.

Similar initiatives will be undertaken with business associations of shipowners once lockdown measures due to the COVID-19 emergency are phased out, and it is expected that a gradual re-start of activity will allow companies to broaden their focus to include such topics, as concerns regarding their daily survival will diminish.

A next online meeting of the WestMED Technical Group for Sustainable Transport/Green Shipping will take place later in April.

Le Hub national débat d’une stratégie de croissance bleue pour la Tunisie

Le Hub national Tunisie a participé ce jeudi 2 avril à un webinar organisé par l’Association Tunisienne de l’Ingénierie Côtière, Portuaire et Maritime et l’Association la Saison Bleue sur les perspectives de l’économie bleue durable en Tunisie.

photo aérienne des anciens ports puniques de Carthage

Ports puniques de Carthage

Le maire de la ville de Bizerte, des représentants de l’Union pour la Méditerranée (UpM), de la Banque Mondiale, et du Fonds mondial pour l’environnement ont rejoint la quarantaine de participants, issus de la société civile, de l’enseignement, de la recherche et de l’administration.

Cette rencontre en ligne a été l’occasion pour le Hub national de rappeler les objectifs et les enjeux de l’initiative OuestMED, ainsi que ses différentes priorités et projets visant à promouvoir la croissance bleue en Tunisie et en Méditerranée occidentale et à créer un réseau d’experts.

Son intervention s’est ensuite portée sur la nécessité d’élaborer une politique maritime intégrée et une stratégie de l’économie bleue pour coordonner les différentes actions et interventions dans les domaines marins et maritimes et bénéficier d’une croissance durable dans ces secteurs.

Après avoir mentionné les nombreux atouts maritimes de la Tunisie, sa position géographique, son réseau d’infrastructures portuaires et une économie tournée vers la mer, le Hub national a expliqué certaines insuffisances actuelles, notamment en matière de lutte contre la pêche illégale, de développement de la pêche durable et de l’aquaculture, en matière d’inadéquation de la formation professionnelle et le besoin de planification spatiale maritime et de protection de sites sensibles.

Suite à constat, le Hub national a appelé au renforcement de l’action du Secrétariat Général des Affaires de la Mer afin qu’il puisse jouer un rôle dynamique dans la concrétisation des objectifs quantitatifs et qualitatifs que cette stratégie doit prévoir.

Les pistes de réflexions proposées, à étudier dans le cadre d’un débat national sur la mer, incluent la cartographie et l’accès aux fonds marins, la sécurisation des espaces marins, le développement de l’énergie marine, le soutien à recherche en biotechnologies marines et l’élaboration d’un plan d’aménagement de l’espace maritime.

La représentante de l’UpM a rappelé les projets en cours et les rencontres malheureusement perturbées par la pandémie de coronavirus. Le représentant de la Banque Mondiale a annoncé les dispositions mises en œuvre pour accompagner la Tunisie dans l’élaboration et la mise en œuvre d’une stratégie de croissance bleue. Il a ensuite présenté les projets que la banque réalise dans la région.

Deux universitaires-chercheurs ont présenté les résultats de leurs recherches, notamment concernant le projet européen BlueMed et ont montré l’importance de ces projets dans le renforcement de la recherche en Tunisie.

La stratégie  de croissance bleue, son contenu et ses objectifs, ont été au cœur des débats intenses de ce webinar qui s’est prolongé au-delà des 4 heures.

D’autres sujets comme les plans d’aménagement du littoral, la planification spatiale maritime, l’aquaculture et la pêche durables et la création de synergies entre institutions de recherche, secteur industriel, et promotion des secteurs créateurs d’emploi pour les diplômés du supérieur ont été abordés.

copie d'écran de l'agenda du web-débat du 29 mars

Agenda Perspectives de l’économie bleue en Tunisie

Marine Litter impacts on biodiversity report released

This article was published by Biodiversity Protection Community on the 30 January 2020. It is available here.

More than 100 species in all common ecological groups have been identified in scientific literature as impacted by marine litter, and the numbers will go up in the Mediterranean region and globally with increasing scientific research initiatives.

The “Mediterranean biodiversity and marine litter: an interaction knowledge base” report is a study published by ETC-UMA and MedCities in collaboration with the network of renowned institutions active in the Mediterranean Biodiversity protection community.

This report builds on a meta-analysis over the MedBioLitter database developed and maintained by ETC-UMA. You can see here a highlight of main findings in the report. Furthermore, the third update to the MedBioLitter database is now online.

What’s in a Catalogue of Tools for biodiversity protection?

This article was published by Biodiversity Protection Community in October 2019.

Now available in several languages

In the framework of the Project PANACeA, the Mediterranean Biodiversity Protection Community built the present Catalogue of tools for biodiversity protection in marine protected areas, covering different needs and requirements for using ecosystem-based approaches in managing and protecting biodiversity.

This Catalogue targets marine protected area managers and includes a handful of the tools for ecosystem-based management in the Mediterranean developed by the Biodiversity Protection Community projects up to 2019. The report is available in EN, AR and FR.

PNR on hydrogen-based fuels solutions for passenger ships | 14 January 2020 | 21 April 2020

The call opened the 14 January 2020 and it is classified as a “ RIA –  Research and Innovation Action ” and the scope is to contribute to the development of a goal-based regulatory framework on the use of hydrogen and hydrogen-based alternative fuels for waterborne transport. It will identify and ensure the correct management of risks in all design and operational aspects. It will establish the relevant objectives and the functional requirements for the use of hydrogen, consistent with the provisions of SOLAS chapter II-282 for the fuel system components, installation and energy converters..

In April 2018, the International Maritime Organisation, IMO adopted an initial strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships (overall fleet target ≥50% CO2 reduction by 2050 compared to 2008). Alternative fuels and FC technologies can help meet these environmental and climate goals but require short and medium-term measures to become sustainable, viable and safe solutions. H2 and FC technologies are not covered nor supported by existing regulations applicable to the maritime sector, undermining the willingness of actors (in particular ship-builders and owners) to invest and develop solutions based on these technologies.

The scope of the project should therefore include:

  • A review of the current regulatory framework, identifying obstacles and barriers, needs, challenges etc.;
  • Technical knowledge to support the discussions for the development of a coherent regulatory framework for risk assessment and risk management of gaseous and liquid hydrogen (GH2 and LH2) and hydrogen-based alternative fuels on ships;
  • A roadmap to add GH2, LH2 and hydrogen-based alternative fuels to the IGF Code in practical consistent manner e.g. referring to fuels already addressed by the Code.

With reference to the above roadmap, all the following points should be addressed from a regulatory point of view:

  • Ship design and arrangements for the use of GH2, LH2 or other H2-based fuels;
  • Bunkering procedures and logistic interface at port;
  • Fuel storage and distribution to systems on-board;
  • Materials, components and general piping design for H2 containment and handling;
  • H2 power generation and management systems;
  • Active and passive safety systems for fire and explosion prevention, including ventilation and exhaust systems, integrated automation, safety monitoring and control systems;
  • Operational best practices, condition-based monitoring and maintenance.

As regards the technical knowledge the project should also:

  • Define and validate the most appropriate science-based safety engineering and Computer Fluid Dynamics (CFD) models to support designers in minimising risk in early design stage;
  • Draft guidelines for the integration of fuel cell power generation systems in the ship network;
  • Define requirements for the ship interactions at port (bunkering, refilling etc.)

To carry out these R&D activities, a strong partnership with all stakeholders is recommended: shipbuilders, ship designers, technology providers, research centres, ship operators, classification societies, experts in the production/handling /transport/bunkering of hydrogen, local authorities.

Such teamwork among all stakeholders is necessary to pave the way for a seamless cooperation at IMO level. To finalize the provisions of a dedicated chapter of the IGF Code dedicated to hydrogen, the proposal should:

  • Establish a cooperation with IMO and other relevant organizations (ISO-TC197 [83], IEC TC 105 [84]) to facilitate the discussion and the uptake of the necessary provisions;
  • Seek feedback from existing applications, best practices, reference from other industrial sectors, available technologies, safety procedures in design and operation, human element aspects etc.

It is expected that the project will setup an international advisory board to support the R&D activities and the continuation of the activities afterwards, interacting with the IMO throughout the process.

The project should contribute towards the activities of Mission Innovation – Hydrogen Innovation Challenge. Cooperation with entities from Hydrogen Innovation Challenge member countries, which are neither EU Member States nor Horizon 2020 Associated countries, is encouraged (see chapter 3.3 for the list of countries eligible for funding, and point G. International Cooperation).

More information here.

Deadline

21/04/2020

Financial allocation

The FCH 2 JU considers that the proposals requesting a contribution of EUR 2.5 million, including the analysis and testing of the materials, would allow the specific challenges to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of supplementing proposals, requesting other amounts.

Partnership

Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco, EU Member States (from WestMed countries)

Further info

The project is expected to deliver:

  • Unique experimental data concerning the interaction of hydrogen with maritime infrastructure (materials, ships, bunkering installations and harbours) to support further development and validation of relevant physics models, simulation and risk assessment tools;
  • Review of existing standards against new and missing knowledge to suggest the implementation and modification of international standards;
  • Guidelines for safe design for the new IGF chapter on hydrogen based on the experimental results and simulations, implementation and operations of H2-fueled ships which would support the authorization process of National Administrations;
  • Commonly agreed, scientifically based recommendations for the update of relevant RCS will lead to a more harmonised normative landscape and level up the safety culture in general;
  • A boost in the entry into the market of commercial passenger ships based on hydrogen and fuel cells, and in the scaling-up of hydrogen technologies.

Eligibility

For some actions, an additional eligibility criterion has been introduced to limit the FCH 2 JU requested contribution mostly for actions performed at high TRL level, including demonstration in real operation environment and with important involvement from industrial stakeholders and/or end-users such as public authorities. Such actions are expected to leverage co-funding as commitment from stakeholders:

  • FCH-01-4-2020: Standard Sized FC module for Heavy Duty applications

The maximum FCH 2 JU contribution that may be requested is EUR 7.5 million. This is an eligibility criterion – proposals requesting FCH 2 JU contributions above this amount will not be evaluated.

  • FCH-01-5-2020: Demonstration of FC Coaches for regional passenger transport

The maximum FCH 2 JU contribution that may be requested is EUR 5 million. This is an eligibility criterion – proposals requesting FCH 2 JU contributions above this amount will not be evaluated.

  • FCH-01-6-2020: Demonstration of liquid hydrogen as a fuel for segments of the waterborne sector

The maximum FCH 2 JU contribution that may be requested is EUR 8 million. This is an eligibility criterion – proposals requesting FCH 2 JU contributions above this amount will not be evaluated.

  • FCH-01-7-2020: Extending the use cases for FC trains through innovative designs and streamlined administrative framework

The maximum FCH 2 JU contribution that may be requested is EUR 10 million. This is an eligibility criterion – proposals requesting FCH 2 JU contributions above this amount will not be evaluated.

  • FCH-01-8-2020: Scale-up and demonstration of innovative hydrogen compressor technology for full-scale hydrogen refuelling station

The maximum FCH 2 JU contribution that may be requested is EUR 3 million. This is an eligibility criterion – proposals requesting FCH 2 JU contributions above this amount will not be evaluated.

  • FCH-02-5-2020: Underground storage of renewable hydrogen in depleted gas fields and other geological stores

The maximum FCH 2 JU contribution that may be requested is EUR 2.5 million. This is an eligibility criterion – proposals requesting FCH 2 JU contributions above this amount will not be evaluated.

  • FCH-02-6-2020: Electrolyser module for offshore production of renewable hydrogen

The maximum FCH 2 JU contribution that may be requested is EUR 5 million. This is an eligibility criterion – proposals requesting FCH 2 JU contributions above this amount will not be evaluated.

  • FCH-02-7-2020: Cyclic testing of renewable hydrogen storage in a small salt cavern

The maximum FCH 2 JU contribution that may be requested is EUR 5 million. This is an eligibility criterion – proposals requesting FCH 2 JU contributions above this amount will not be evaluated.

  • FCH-02-8-2020: Demonstration of large-scale co-electrolysis for the Industrial Power-to-X market

The maximum FCH 2 JU contribution that may be requested is EUR 5 million. This is an eligibility criterion – proposals requesting FCH 2 JU contributions above this amount will not be evaluated.

  • FCH-02-9-2020: Fuel cell for prime power in data-centres

The maximum FCH 2 JU contribution that may be requested is EUR 2.5 million. This is an eligibility criterion – proposals requesting FCH 2 JU contributions above this amount will not be evaluated.

  • FCH-03-2-2020: Decarbonising islands using renewable energies and hydrogen – H2 Islands

The maximum FCH 2 JU contribution that may be requested is EUR 10 million. This is an eligibility criterion – proposals requesting FCH 2 JU contributions above this amount will not be evaluated.

Stakeholders portugueses contribuem para o processo de cooperação no Mediterrâneo ocidental

A Fórum Oceano, Ponto Focal de Portugal, promoveu o Evento Nacional da Iniciativa WestMED no dia 27 de fevereiro, em Lisboa. O evento, intitulado “Jornada com Stakeholders sobre Cooperação Inter-regional Atlântico e Mediterrâneo Ocidental”, contou com a colaboração da Direção-Geral de Política do Mar e do Ponto Focal Nacional do Mecanismo de Assistência ao Plano de Ação da Estratégia do Atlântico, reunindo mais de 35 stakeholders portugueses.

A Jornada teve como objetivo promover a apresentação das iniciativas para o Atlântico e Mediterrâneo Ocidental, respetivos programas e trabalhos em curso, bem como explorar potenciais sinergias. O evento contemplou uma sessão plenária e um conjunto de workshops paralelos, organizados de acordo com as áreas temáticas: Transporte/Green Shipping, Turismo, Aquacultura e Inovação e Tecnologias Marinhas.

As sessões de trabalho em grupo tiveram como objetivo sinalizar os interesses dos atores nacionais relativamente a temáticas, projetos e parcerias que favoreçam a sua participação no processo de cooperação no Mediterrâneo Ocidental. O evento foi ainda importante para alinhar perspetivas e estratégias entre os parceiros nacionais.

Além de refletirem e discutirem sobre as propostas de projeto em curso em cada uma das áreas prioritárias, os atores nacionais identificaram novas ideias, alimentando o debate em torno de temas relacionados que se poderão vir a inscrever nos trabalhos da Iniciativa.

KICs tackling water scarcity in Southern Europe: A call for experts will be launched soon

In 2020 the KICs will be establishing a group of experts on water scarcity in Southern Europe, delivering focused entrepreneur challenge labs for start-ups and organising the EIT Water Academy for water scarcity challenge education. The KICs will also be running EIT workshops with public bodies and other stakeholders across different regions and communication activities to reach out to citizens and interested stakeholders, engaging in external events and with the media to raise awareness about water scarcity for citizens.

More info here

 

The Plastic Busters MPAs project: consolidating the fight against marine litter in coastal and pelagic Mediterranean MPAs

This article was published first here by MEDPAN on the 19 February.

 

 

Author: Ignasi Mateo, SCP/RAC

Are you concerned with marine litter pollution in your MPA? Plastic Busters MPAs is here to support you!

Plastic Busters MPAs[  is a 48-month-long project funded by Interreg Mediterranean aiming to support and work with MPA managers to maintain biodiversity and preserve natural ecosystems in the Mediterranean region. How?  By implementing actions that address the whole management cycle of marine litter, from monitoring and assessment to prevention and mitigation.

Plastic Busters MPAs brings together 15 implementing partners and 17 associated partners from 8 countries, namely Albania, Cyprus, Croatia, France, Italy, Greece, Slovenia and Spain. The management bodies of the Pelagos Sanctuary, the Tuscan Archipelago National Park, the National Marine Park of Zakynthos and the Cabrera Archipelago National Maritime-Terrestrial Park, are among the key partners of the project.

Plastic Busters MPAs kicked-off in 2018 with a studying phase that focused on elaborating and harmonizing marine litter methods and on shortlisting best practice marine litter measures. The monitoring methods were applied successfully applied during the project’s testing expeditions carried out at the MPAs of Cabrera, Pelagos Sanctuary, Tuscan Archipelago and Zakynthos in 2019.

Meanwhile the project kick-started the preparatory phase for solution-related actions against marine litter. Working for and from the perspective of an MPA manager, Plastic Busters MPAs shortlisted a set of 10 ‘no- regret’ measures’ to be piloted in the 4 partner MPAs of the project as well as in 6 selected partner MPAs of the ACT4LITTER project. The selected measures include best practices for tourism and recreation; solid waste management practices; replacement of single-use plastics; banning specific items and activities; awareness raising campaigns; port reception facilities; upcycling and/or recycling; extended producer responsibility schemes; fishing for litter and derelict fishing gear management schemes.

The outcomes and lessons learned of the project will serve as a basis for up-scaling and replicating the project’s marine litter activities in other Mediterranean MPAs. Please keep an eye on the Plastic Busters MPAs calendar for our upcoming trainings and capitalization events and follow us on Facebook or Twitter for all the latest project updates. Feel free to register on our newsletter too![

The Algeria National Hub joins the WestMED stand at Euromaritime

On 5 February 2020, the Algeria National Hub of the WestMED Initiative has participated to the side event organized by the French National Hub at the Euromaritime 2020 in Marseille in collaboration with “les Énergies de la Mer”. This event was dedicated to the presentation of activities of different stakeholders at the national level (France, Italy and Algeria) and also regional players such as Plan Bleu. The Algeria National Hub has presented through “Blue economy, MSP challenges and strategy for Algeria” how the international projects and programmes such as WestMed Initiative can accelerate the Blue Economy process by identifying and boosting relevant partnerships.

Les membres du mécanisme d’assistance – Crédit EDM © Elise Martinez

This event was a relevant opportunity for the Algeria National Hub to exchange with the other partners and new opportunity of collaboration have been identified, in particular:

1) Through the France National Hub with training (UBO HOMERe project labelled by the UfM, and employment support (La Touline). These two partners may support the national process of developing blue skills in Algeria and also be part in next submissions on project dedicated to capacity building on Blue economy.

2) Through the Italy National Hub on Clean maritime transport (CIELI – University of Genoa) with the Interreg project France-Italy TDI RETE-LNG. This could be an example and basis for further discussions in Algeria about Small LNG.

Ponto Focal Nacional de Portugal promove o envolvimento dos stakeholders regionais na iniciativa WestMED

A Fórum Oceano, Ponto Focal de Portugal, promoveu, em colaboração com as Comissões de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Alentejo e Algarve, sessões de trabalho com a participação dos atores daquelas regiões.

As sessões tiveram lugar no dia 11 de fevereiro, da parte da manhã em Évora e da parte da tarde em Faro, reunindo mais de 20 representantes de Empresas, Centros de Investigação, Instituições de Ensino Superior, Associações e Administração Pública.

Os encontros tiveram como objetivo identificar os interesses dos stakeholders relativamente a temáticas, projetos e parcerias, que continuem a alimentar o processo de cooperação no Mediterrâneo Ocidental. As reuniões foram ainda de grande relevância para alinhar interesses entre os parceiros portugueses, antecedendo o Evento Nacional, que se realizar-se-á no dia 27 de fevereiro, nas instalações do IPMA, em Lisboa.

O Evento Nacional, organizado com o apoio da DGPM, entidade responsável pela Coordenação Nacional da Iniciativa WestMED, reunirá stakeholders das regiões de Lisboa, Alentejo e Algarve, promovendo a discussão e a partilha de conhecimento em torno das áreas prioritárias identificadas pela Iniciativa, potenciando a participação de Portugal na mesma e, em particular, nos WestMED Hackathons, que terão lugar em Barcelona, no dia 11 de março.