Damen forms green research partnership

19 Mar 2015
Damen says the partnership will improve the Bellona Foundation’s capability to influence both the Norwegian and European shipping industries

Damen says the partnership will improve the Bellona Foundation’s capability to influence both the Norwegian and European shipping industries

A new three-year partnership has been formed to explore and develop concept vessels for the future that will help the shipping industry meet climate and environmental objectives.

Damen Shipyards Group is joining forces with Norway-based NGO the Bellona Foundation, to work towards reducing the impact on the climate of a wide range of commercial and leisure vessels, as well as fleets employed by the aquaculture industry.

“Today the global shipping industry emits large amounts of CO2, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and other gases harmful to the climate and environment, and the European fleet is large and in need of renewal. The next three years of partnership with Damen will make us better equipped to handle the challenges, both domestically and internationally,” said Frederic Hauge, founder and president, Bellona Foundation.

“We have a strong focus on sustainability and the vision of each organisation complements the other in terms of environmental awareness. At Damen the focus will be on creating alternative solutions that contribute to reducing harmful maritime emissions into both the air and the water,” added Remko Hottentot, sales manager Norway, Damen. “This will go hand in hand with initiatives to develop cost-effective efficiencies through reduced consumption of potentially harmful inputs such as fuel, paint and lubricating oil.”

Damen says the partnership will improve the Bellona Foundation’s capability to influence both the Norwegian and European shipping industries. Bellona has a 29-year track record of working on maritime political matters at a high international level, from their offices in both Oslo and Brussels.

The NGO adds that the partnership with Damen represents an important milestone for the organisation, giving it access to new knowledge and technology that will enable it to influence Norwegian and European politics even more than before.

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