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Green coastal shipping private public partnership on eco-friendly transport
by Norwegian Shipowners Association (Private sector)
The Green Coastal Shipping Programme (GCSP) have a vision that Norway will establish the world’s most effective and environmentally friendly coastal shipping, powered wholly or partially by batteries, LNG, or other eco-friendly fuels. This vision encompasses the entire coastal fleet, including offshore vessels, tankers, general cargo, container, bulk-carrier and passenger ships, ferries, fishing and aquaculture vessels, tugs and other coastal vessels.

The programme will be realized by the industry and government working together in a long-term public- private partnership. This is a joint effort in which all the significant players in the value chain contribute, ie, cargo owners, logistic companies, ship owners, ports, and vendors of electricity, gas, equipment and services.

The key logic of bringing all parties together is the importance of collective decision making. For example, ship owners will not install LNG or battery technology for all-electric operation before the infrastructure is in place. But gas and electricity suppliers and ports will not build the infrastructure before the market is there. And thirdly, it does not help that the ships can sail and fill green fuel from a well-developed infrastructure if cargo owners and logistics companies will not prioritize sustainable transportation. The authorities must facilitate it all to happen. The programme can be an effective instrument for the implementation of the government’s new port and maritime strategies
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Management of ship-based pollution and/or port waste management
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
GCSP will be long term, probably lasting for more than 30 years, but there will be short-term results and demonstration projects/pilots in all phases. - 10 - 20 pilot studies documenting with practical examples how green ships can be realized - Dedicated studies on Barriers to implementation of green solutions in key segments of the maritime industry - Agreement with relevant authorities on the measures needed to overcome the identified barriers – including the establishment of new markets for green solutions - Influence the commercial development of green solutions, to further industrial development and job creation - Establish a national plan for build-up of bunkering infrastructure for low-carbon marine fuels - Accelerate the transfer of cargo from road to sea
- National infrastructure for the provision of alternative fuels, including charging, is fully developed - All existing ships make substantial use of environmentally friendly fuels - All new ships along the coast are delivered with low- and zero-emission technology - The uptake of technology and fuel-mixing has reached a point where CO2 emissions are 40% lower than they currently are
Financing (in USD)
2,000,000 USD
Basic information
Time-frame: 6/2017 - 12/2030
• Norwegian Ship Owners’ Association • Cargo Freighters’ Association • Corvus • ABB • Energy Norway • The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise • Gasnor • Statoil • Flora municipality • Oslo municipality • Teekay Shipping Norway • Echandia • Torghatten • Seatrans • NOx-fund • Kongsberg Maritime • KS Enterprise • Risvika Port • ZEM • GoodFuels • GMC • Maritime Battery Forum • Norwegian Fishing Vessel Owners Association • DNV GL AS Government observers: • Innovation Norway • Enova • Ministry of Climate and Environment • Ministry of Trade and Fisheries • Norwegian Maritime Authoroty • Norwegian Public Roads Administration • Norwegian Coastal Administration • University of Oslo • Export Credit Norway • GIEK • Norwegian Research Council
Ocean Basins
  • Global
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Erik Giercksky, Director, Head of Communication, ewg@rederi.no, +4799647455
Oslo, Norway
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