As of January 2015 a new sulphur regulation entered into force, limiting sulphur emissions from ships in the Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA) area.
The aim of the Action was to ensure deployment of LNG in the area and upgrade the maritime link in the North Sea–Baltic Sea region by providing a bunkering vessel and LNG-related infrastructure in the Port of Rotterdam and the Port of Lubeck. This is a horizontal wider benefits Action, under Motorways of the Sea.
The ReaLNG Action consisted of designing, building and operating a maritime LNG bunker vessel as well as all the necessary port investment for LNG bunkering. It also included the implementation of training courses and pilot trainings rolled out in the field of LNG operations based on the specific needs of ports and the maritime operators.
The Action contributed to the implementation of the SECA and MARPOL regulations by promoting an environmentally beneficial fuel for short sea shipping.