Two Norwegian firms have celebrated Earth Day by announcing a new agreement to construct USV hulls using “climate-neutral materials.” 

AKVA group company Helgeland Plast said it has a long-term relationship with Maritime Robotics to build its USVs, but has updated its production to use only recycled or non-plastic materials. 

Maritime Robotics’ Mariner USV and AKVA’s group’s Polarcirkel manned vessel will be built using components including forest waste and used cooking oil.

“Today, on Earth Day, is a perfect opportunity to highlight our focus on reducing plastic waste, a cause close to our hearts. With our newly achieved ISCC PLUS certification and the transition to bio-based and recycled materials, Helgeland Plast and Maritime Robotics are taking significant steps towards a more sustainable future for maritime technology,” explained Freddy Bakken from AKVA group Helgeland Plast.

“This partnership is a shining example of how two leading companies can work together to create groundbreaking products that not only meet current needs but also ensure a greener future,” Bakken added. 

The maritime construction company has received ISSC “PLUS” approval for the recycled and “bio-based” materials to be used in vessel or maritime infrastructure building. 

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“As a rapidly growing company, we rely on strong partnership to scale in an efficient and sustainable manner. Together with AKVA group Helgeland Plast, we can ensure that we deliver our products, which contribute to increased safety and reduced CO2 emissions for our customers, in a more climate-neutral way,” said Børge Sørlie from Maritime Robotics.

The move towards climate neutrality will not compromise the product’s quality, but will “offer… a greener alternative for those operating in rough sea conditions.”