About Zero Emission Services

ZES introduces a new energy system for making inland shipping more sustainable. This will be realized with emission-free navigation infrastructure that is accessible to everyone. Clean, climate-neutral and ready to compete with fossil fuels. ZES offers a complete range of products and services, based on interchangeable battery containers charged with renewable power, charging stations, technical support and an innovative payment concept for ship owners.

ZES was founded by the companies ING, energy and technical service provider ENGIE, maritime technology company Wärtsilä and the Port of Rotterdam Authority. The Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management is supporting this initiative together with the Province of South Holland.


ZES makes more sustainable inland shipping and short sea shipping possible with a new, clean and affordable transport system.


ZES wants inland and short sea shipping to operate in a clean, climate-neutral way.


ZES (Zero Emission Services) supplies interchangeable energy containers for new and existing inland vessels.
These containers – called ZESpacks – are charged using renewable power. Skippers can quickly exchange a depleted container for a full one at exchange and loading stations. These stations are equipped with an ‘open access’ network and can also be used to stabilise the electricity grid or meet temporary local demand for electricity. ZES offers users a future-proof solution. In the future, the ZESpacks will, also be able to work with hydrogen for example.

ZES has a simple pay-per-use system: the customer pays for the renewable electricity consumed and for the rental of a ZESpacks. This keeps operating costs competitive and aims to make the transition to emission-free sailing easier. However, ships must be equipped with an electric propulsion line.

Shipowners pay for use only: no high investment in energy systems.

Now with Lithium-ion batteries, but futureproof: ready for other energy carriers such as hydrogen and ammonia. ZESpacks are charged using renewable power.

ZESpacks charging stations are connected to the electricity grid, so ZESpacks can be used to stabilize the grid or meet temporary local demand for power.

Watch the animation of the ZES concept

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