The CLEANFERRY project aims to help Nexus meet its sustainability goals to improve our environmental performance and reduce our carbon footprint.
The project will define and develop a detailed technology route map for the Shields Ferry in the transition to a carbon-free proposition, including decarbonising the propulsion systems of the Shields Ferry vessels.
Work already undertaken with Newcastle University has helped to understand the feasibility of using clean power and propulsion systems. Their report advised on the potential next steps to move away from the current diesel-based vessels to a decarbonised alternative. The report suggested that full electrification of the vessels would be the preferred solution to tackle the challenge of reducing emissions on the service, although other options are also being considered.
The project's objectives are to:
- Contribute to Nexus’ sustainability goals by reducing the environmental impact of operations,
- Create a more attractive offer for customers with environmentally friendly vessels,
- Reduce the fuel usage of the vessels, especially when stationary, which is when most fuel is used,
- Create a more streamlined operation with accompanying sustainable mooring technologies.