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Bothnia Bulk
by SSAB (Private sector)
The primary objective is to reduce the CO2 emissions by 40-50% for the dry bulk transports between the steelworks at Raahe, Lule and Oxelsund in the northern Baltic Sea. Zero Vision Tool is used as the collaboration method.

The upgraded maritime link will be a cost-effective way to meet the new and more stringent environmental regulations and to ensure year-round supply in the peripheral regions having the longest sea route to the European main market within the SECA. The action supports the objectives to remove the bottleneck of the raw material transport in Sweden and Finland. The maritime link offers a cost and energy efficient transport of dry bulk between Sweden and Finland. It completes the cross-border rail connection, the Bothnian Corridor, which is a pre-identified part of the core trans-european transport network. The ports act as multimodal links connecting the maritime, rail and road transport of raw materials.

The new, ice-class IA ships will be the first LNG-fuelled large bulk carriers in the world, representing the latest in technology and innovation. CO2 emissions per tonne of cargo transported will be reduced by 40-50% in comparison to the current vessels in operation.

The area in question provides steel supply to the processing and manufacturing industries throughout Europe and delivers end-products worldwide. The steelworks use raw materials which are transported from the hinterland with the Iron Ore railway line, Malmbanan, between Lule and Narvik (Norway).

The project includes

- procurement of additional environmental efforts of two new build bulk Carriers
- development of port efficiency
- procurement of LNG refueling truck for maritime transport in Raahe
- development of on-shore power supply in Lule
- a technical study on the most sustainable and adequate way to handle and storage dry bulk cargo residues on board and in port reception facilities (MARPOL Annex V)
- development of LNG availability and safe bunkering procedures

Progress reports
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • CO2 emission reductions (energy efficiency, renewable energy, etc.)
  • 40-50% reduction, corresponding to approximately 7000 tonnes CO2.
December 2019
40-50% CO2 emission reduction per transported tonne for the transports in scope
In-kind contribution
Volume commitments to the carrier
Basic information
Time-frame: April 2018 - December 2019
SSAB, ESL Shipping, Port of Raahe, Port of Lule, Port of Oxelsund, RaahenVoima
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Per Bondemark, Chief Procurement Officer, per.bondemark@ssab.com, +46 70 6230843
Stockholm, Sweden
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