Pilot projects picked
Global classification society DNV GL and 25 partners from the Norwegian maritime industry and the Norwegian authorities have presented the five pilot projects that will be pursued as part of Norway’s Green Coastal Shipping Programme which ‘MJ’ reported on back in February.
The programme aims to encourage the research and implementation of green technology concepts in the country’s shipping sector.
The pilot projects include several different ship types, and infrastructure with an emphasis on alternative fuel concepts. "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," said Programme Director Narve Mjøs.
This aims to develop a cost-effective and profitable short-sea container ship that is powered by a plug-in hybrid LNG/battery propulsion system. It is a short-sea container ship concept with a zero-emission solution during port sailing and operations. After developing the technical concept, the project partners will calculate the vessel’s environmental footprint and carry out a cost/benefit analysis. The shipping company Nor Lines will take the lead on this project.
Teekay Tankers will lead the second pilot project, which will investigate technical solutions for utilizing batteries and VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) in a shuttle tanker. Battery technology has not been used on this vessel type yet and the project will explore how it could potentially help to optimize operations and reduce the need for installed power. The project partners will also look at the possible use of batteries as a ‘spinning reserve’.
HYBRID OCEAN FARMING
The objective of the third pilot project is to define an optimised hybrid propulsion system for more energy efficient operations with greater redundancy. The project owners are ABB and the Cargo Freighters’ Association.
CONVERSION OF CARGO
CARRIER INTO BATTERY-HYBRID LNG CARRIER
This project aims to develop a cost-efficient LNG distribution concept with a hybrid LNG/battery propulsion solution and zero-emission port operations. Converting an existing vessel may provide a cost-effective option for small LNG carriers. The project owners Øytank Bunkerservice and the Norwegian Gas Association will lead the way in developing the technical concept, calculating the environmental footprint and carrying out a cost/benefit analysis.
PIONEERING GREEN PORT
The fifth pilot project has the objective of developing a low-energy-consumption port with a minimal carbon footprint. Some of the technologies being employed to achieve this include electric heavy-duty vehicles and cranes. The green port will also be equipped with smart gates, offer cold ironing services and charging stations for plug-in hybrid ships. Risavika Harbour in Stavanger will take the lead.
By Jake Frith
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