Norway Launches Green Coastal Shipping Initiative
DNV GL has taken the initiative to launch a Green Coastal Shipping programme in Norway, a joint effort by industry and authorities to ensure that in the future this country will have one of the world’s most environmentally friendly and efficient coastal shipping industries.
In the future, LNG and battery power are projected to comprise a considerable share of the fuel used by the global fleet. Norway already has a leading position in this field and has a good environmental and business starting point to more broadly implement these new technologies.
“We envisage a fleet of offshore vessels, tankers, cargo, container, bulk and passenger ships, ferries, fishing and aquaculture vessels, tugs and other coastal vessels, run entirely or partly using batteries, LNG or other green fuels,” said DNV GL’s Narve Mjøs, who is the programme director for the Green Coastal Shipping programme.
The Green Coastal Shipping programme has been developed to help implement Norway’s new maritime strategy and will be a joint effort by several industries, ministries and state departments. The programme will provide an important contribution to the achievement of both national and global climate goals and will also help to reduce air pollution. At the same time, it will be a driver for innovation and green workplaces. In time, it is also expected to provide major export opportunities for the maritime, energy and supplier industries.
“The shipping industry is very well equipped to lead the way in the green shift. This can contribute to exports of good, future-oriented and environmentally friendly solutions. I’m sure DNV GL’s expertise and experience in shipping will help to maintain Norway’s position as a world leader in the maritime industry,” said Monica Mæland, Norway’s Minister of Trade and Industry.
In cooperation with the parties, a programme plan will be established, describing the programme’s activities in detail. The declaration has been signed by a total of 18 companies and organisations, together with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Seafood policy and Ministry of Climate and Environment.