Norway aims for green coastal fleet
Norwegian ministers have pledged to cooperate with industry partners in a Green Coastal Shipping programme designed by DNV GL. The project aims to ensure that the country has the world’s most environmentally friendly fleet of coastal vessels.
The programme will help to implement the government's new maritime strategy. The declaration has been signed by a total of 18 companies as well as Norwegian ministries and state departments. A plan will be established describing the programme's activities in detail.
Narve Mjøs, Green Coastal Shipping programme director, DNV GL said: "We want to make Norway a world leader in, and a showcase for, green coastal shipping. 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.”
Monica Mæland, minister of trade and industry added: "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."
Tine Sundtoft, minister of climate and environment noted: "This year the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris is to negotiate a new climate agreement that will entail new obligations and the implementation of new climate measures.
“For this reason, more ships must use environmentally friendly fuels, such as gas and battery power, and we must see more ships with energy-efficient designs. The green shift in the maritime industry will both resolve environmental challenges and create value.”
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