Green concept vessel partnership
The Norway-based NGO Bellona Foundation has launched a three year partnership with the Damen Shipyards Group to explore and develop green concept vessels for the future.
Damen said that today’s global shipping industry will need to undergo substantial change in order to achieve its own climate and environmental objectives. This partnership will work towards reducing the environmental impact of a wide range of commercial and leisure vessels.
Frederic Hauge, founder and president of The Bellona Foundation, said: “One of Bellona’s goals is to make the ships of the future independent of fossil fuels. This partnership will provide us with new knowledge on innovative shipping construction that will contribute towards achieving that objective.”
Mr Hauge added that the Bellona Foundation, as well as Norway’s maritime community as a whole, can learn a good deal from Damen when it comes to developing the next generation of low-emissions vessels. From his perspective, this partnership will improve the Bellona Foundation’s capability to influence both the Norwegian and European shipping industries.
Remko Hottentot, sales manager Norway, Damen, added: “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.”
In addition 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.
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