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HeidelbergCement Norway and Felleskjøpet AGRI has awarded Egil Ulvan Rederi a contract to build and operate the world’s first zero emission cargo ship.

The ship concept has the project name “With Orca” – Powered by Nature, as a significant part of the energy required to operate the vessel will be harvested directly from the nature trough two large rotor sails.

The vessel’s sailing route will mostly be in open waters in the North Sea, where wind conditions are good for wind assisted propulsion. To counter drifting, the vessel will be equipped with a specially developed keel.

During 2021 the ship concept will be fully developed and optimized, aiming at ordering the vessel by the end of the year. The ship shall enter operation in early 2024.

Through a tender process, a public-private partnership, Egil Ulvan Rederi has been selected to develop, build and operate a zero emission cargo ship.

The two cargo owners, HeidelbergCement and Felleskjøpet, aim to establish a sustainable transport system without emissions of greenhouse gases. The transport system will combine the cargoes of the two companies, carrying aggregates from western to eastern Norway and grain in the opposite direction.

In a recent development regarding hydrogen, a new collaboration, under the name Transhydrogen Alliance, has signed a MoU for cooperation on production and import of green hydrogen and green ammonia to Europe via Port of Rotterdam.

Moreover, the South Australian Government and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have signed an MoU to study the feasibility of exporting green hydrogen made in South Australia to Port of Rotterdam.