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New solution for shortsea shipping

Date: 14/04/2015

An aging fleet, stricter emission standards and a desire to move transport from roads to sea, generates a need for new solutions for coastal transport.

Recently a new ship concept was launched. Short Sea Pioneer is a revolutionary two-vessel solution that may change the way we transport goods in Europe. If successful, the concept will make eco-friendly coastal transport more competitive with road transport.

Cargo volumes will increase 30-40% over the next 25 years. If we are not able to shift cargo from road to sea we will have too many trucks on our roads and currently sea transport is not competitive along our coast, says Hege Okland from cluster NCE Maritime Cleantech, the company behind the concept.

The current situation for NCL in Svelgen, where we collect cargo from Elkem, is that the port is too small. Therefore the cargo must be transported by truck to a larger port before it can be loaded. This applies to several places along our coast, says Arne Jakobsen from North-Sea Container Line in Haugesund.

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