Three low-emission cargo ships to operate in Norway

Enova has provided Skarv Shipping Solutions with a grant of NOK 130 million to acquire three low-emission cargo ships operating along the Norwegian coast.

According to Skarv, the vessels will potentially reduce emissions by up to 90% compared to traditional vessels, thanks to innovative technologies like batteries, ammonia engines, rotor sails, and energy-efficient hull design.

With a cargo capacity of 4,000 tonnes each, the vessels will be used in short-haul shipping along the Norwegian coast, from northern Norway and south to the Oslo Fjord. Propulsion is based on a four-stroke engine that uses ammonia as fuel.

The engine, probably supplied by Wärtsilä, will be among the world’s first four-stroke ammonia engines. Skarv considers different technologies, including rotor sails, which, together with the hybrid electric system and a new hull design, drastically reduce energy use. The vessels will also have electrical equipment for cargo handling.

Enova supports those who go in front. Skarv Shipping Solutions has developed an exciting and innovative project that can mean a lot for the development of our short-sea shipping

… said Nils Kristian Nakstad, CEO of Enova.

The next big step in transforming shipping is the transition to zero-emission fuel. This ground-breaking project will lead the way

… said  Chair of the Board of Skarv Shipping Solutions, Jan Petter Slethaug

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