– As one of the largest transport purchasers in Norway, we see that we have a role in shaping the transport solutions of the future. Now we want to collaborate with other players to make the technology both sustainable and economically viable. The project to build emission-free ships is an example of this, says Chartering manager at HeidelbergCement, Lars Erik Marcussen.

When Felleskjøpet Agri and HeidelbergCement issued the call last summer for shipping companies and energy suppliers who wanted to develop the world’s first zero-emission bulk carrier, the parties hoped that five or six serious stakeholders would sign up. When the deadline expired in October, 31 shipping companies and twelve energy suppliers had expressed their interest. Now the project has received NOK 12.3 million in support from the Pilot-E program, and in March they will choose partners from shipping and energy supply.

We are very happy with the contract, and not least for the great interest both shipping companies and energy suppliers have shown in our project.

Per-Kenneth Øye, Felleskjøpet Agri

– We are very happy with the contract, and not least for the great interest both shipping companies and energy suppliers have shown in our project. This shows that the interest and knowledge is out there, but that the shipping companies needed a supplier of goods who is willing to commit in the form of a long-term contract. Together with HeidelbergCement, we are the customer they need to be able to build such a ship, says Logistics Manager at Felleskjøpet Agri, Per-Kenneth Øye.

The Norwegian government is also enthusiastic about the green shift taking place in coastal shipping. Minister of Climate and Environment Sveinung Rotevatn points out that the government has initiated a targeted investment in green shipping, both through new support schemes for fleet renewal, the Green Shipping Program, and the Pilot-E program that connects Enova, the Research Council and Innovation Norway.

– Green shipping is an area where the government is investing heavily, and where Norway has a leading position. This means both emission cuts and Norwegian jobs. It is positive to see cargo owners, shipowners and energy suppliers coming together to create the green shipping of the future. From the government’s side, we will help maintain and strengthen schemes that stimulate green fleet renewal, Rotevatn has previously stated.