Large volumes of building materials and grain are transported by sea along the Norwegian coast. The ships used for this purpose are relatively small and old bulk ships. The ships’ engines are often old and inefficient, running on fossil fuels.
In this pilot, HeidelbergCement and Felleskjøpet Agri explore the feasibility of utilising the same zero-emission bulk ships to meet their logistic needs: Is it possible to combine Heidelberg’s transport of building materials from the west coast to the east coast with Felleskjøpet’s transport of grain in the opposite direction?
The pilot was launched in March 2019. An analysis of previous shipments revealed a considerable potential for coordination and joint utilisation of ships.
The pilot has analysed alternative zero-emission solutions that meet the distance and energy requirements, including access to fuel/energy carriers. The pilot has also prepared a requirements specification for the transport solution with zero-emission vessels; assessed suitable contract forms; and outlined the tendering process for a transport contract with a zero-emission ship.
The calculation of climate and environmental benefits, as well as cost-benefit analysis, has been carried out in collaboration with Vard’s pilot: Next generation bulk carrier.
Based on the results of the pilot project, HeidelbergCement and Felleskjøpet Agris decided in May 2020 to collaborate further to develop and realize the solution. The project will be implemented with the assistance of the Green Shipping Program’s Service Office. The goal is to achieve zero emission/carbon neutral sea transport. The cargo owners do not want to own ships and will prioritise solutions where other actors own and operate the ships. The project may include 1 to 2 ships. The first phase will be an open competition where shipping companies are invited to submit proposals (request for proposal).