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Green Coastal Shipping Programme chooses five pilot projects

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Norway’s Green Coastal Shipping Programme encourages both the research and usage of environmentally friendly shipping technology. DNV GL, Norwegian authorities, and Norwegian maritime industry experts have collectively presented five pilot projects, which include different ship types, different infrastructure and LNG.

In response to the suggested pilot projects, Narve Mjøs, the Programme Director, stated: “When we launched the Green Coastal Shipping Programme, we said we wanted to make Norway a world showcase for green coastal shipping. With these five pioneering pilot projects we are well on our way”.

Two of these pilot projects are LNG-based. The first – the CargoFerry plug-in hybrid – aims to create a short-sea container ship fuelled by a hybrid battery/LNG system. During the port sailing and operations, it will be a zero-emission solution. Nor Lines will lead this particular project. The project partners will then carry out a cost/benefit analysis in order to calculate the environmental impact the vessel will have.

The second pilot project aims to convert a cargo carrier into a battery/LNG-fuelled system. As with the first project, it will offer a zero-emission solution for all operations in port. Conversion is a cheap alternative to a new build. Both Øytank Bunkerservice and the Norwegian Gas Association will carry out the technical concept and the cost/benefit analysis.

Edited from various sources by David Rowlands

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