The European Commission supports Greek efforts for a green transition in shipping away from lignite dependence, European Commissioner for Transport Adina Valean said on Monday at Posidonia International Shipping Exhibition opening at the Athens’ Metropolitan Exhibition Center on Monday.
Speaking specifically of funding support, she noted that 14 Greek projects were included between 2014 and 2020 in the mechanism “Linking Europe,” totalling 1.64 billion euros in funding for 185 maritime projects, she said. In addition, Greece benefited from nearly 30 million euros through the European Strategic Investments Funds to build a new natural gas refuelling ship at the port of Piraeus. It also took took part in the E-Ferry project funded by Horizon 2020 for the first fully (100%) electrical ferry in the world named “Ellen”, which runs on the largest battery in the world.
Shipping faces two key challenges in turning away from coal and in becoming digitized, and this is an opportunity for growth in all sectors.
Commissioner Valean also spoke highly of ship crews, calling them unrecognized heroes of our era because they kept supply chains in place and global trade in operation.