The LNG Masterplan for Rhine-Main-Danube project was launched in 2013 to facilitate deployment of LNG as an eco-friendly alternative fuel and a new commodity for the European inland navigation sector. The 33 EU funded partners from 12 EU Member States and one associated partner from Switzerland collaborated on various sub-projects with a view to realise the fist LNG artery in Europe and to develop an LNG roadmap for the future.
At the final event of the LNG Masterplan project, which took place between 14 and 16 December 2015, several hundred LNG stakeholders gathered in Rotterdam to celebrate the multiple accomplishments of the LNG Masterplan related to safety, emergency response, design of ships, bunkering and fuelling infrastructure as well as hear of new LNG collaboration projects resulting from the LNG Masterplan. This included the new ReaLNG project by Shell, Port of Lübeck, STC-Group and Port of Rotterdam. This event was also the start of the ReaLNG Project Kick-off event, with the project coordinator, Leonie Boon (Shell), introducing the audience to the ReaLNG project for the first time to the general public.