The Norwegian authorities has joined forces with classification society DNV GL and 25 partners from the Norwegian maritime industry to launch five pilot projects that will be adopted as part of Norway’s Green Coastal Shipping Programme.
The programme aims to encourage the research and implementation of green technology concepts in the country’s shipping sector with an emphasis on alternative fuel concepts.
Green Coastal Shipping Programme director Narve Mjøs said: "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."
CargoFerry plug-in hybrid, the first of the proposed projects, aims to develop a short-sea container ship powered by plug-in hybrid LNG / battery propulsion system that will minimise the environmental footprint.
Shipping company Nor Lines has been signed to take the lead on the project which is expected to be cost effective.
The second project, next-generation green shuttle tanker will be led by Teekay Tankers which will assess the feasibility of battery-powered shuttle tankers and develop technical solutions for utilising batteries and volatile organic compounds (VOC) in a shuttle tanker.
The project aims to reduce the need for installed power by making use of VOC produced on board. VOC are produced by capturing and condensing the recoverable gases produced during offshore loading.
The third of the projects is ABB and Cargo Freighters’ Association’s hybrid ocean farming vessel aimed to define an optimised hybrid propulsion system for more energy efficient operations with greater redundancy.
The fourth project aims at developing a cost-efficient LNG distribution concept with a hybrid LNG / battery propulsion solution and zero-emission port operations.
The project will be led by Øytank Bunkerservice and the Norwegian Gas Association.
The fifth pilot project, Pioneering green port, will be led by Risavika Harbour in Stavanger.
The project will involve the development of a low-energy-consumption port featuring electric heavy-duty vehicles and cranes along with smart gates and charging stations for plug-in hybrid ships all with a minimal carbon footprint.
The projects owners will undertake a cost / benefit analysis, calculating the environmental footprint and presenting a plan for further development of the concept.