HeidelbergCement and Felleskjøpet Agri have the ambition to establish a sustainable transport system without emissions of greenhouse gases. The transport system will combine the cargoes of the two companies and cover the geographical area from Rogaland in the west to the inner Oslofjord in the east.
The cargo flows will mainly be gravel in an easterly direction and grain in a westerly direction in a coordinated operation, minimizing ballast on the round trips. The cargo base will give close to full employment of one ship in weekly roundtrips and the ship shall have zero emission of green-house gases during its operation.
HeidelbergCement and Felleskjøpet offer a long-term transport contract with a duration of up to 20 years, to facilitate the selected transport provider to invest in such a ship.
Through a tender process, the companies seek a supplier of maritime transport services that can provide the described service. This Request for Interest is the first step in the tender process to find partners who share the ambitions to develop the service with the zero-emission ship in question
HeidelbergCement and Felleskjøpet have established a co-operation with the Green Shipping Program (GSP). The GSP Service Office is committed to facilitating the process until the transport agreement is established. Public funding will be sought for both the development project and the financing of the ship.
It is the companies ambition that this agreement will facilitate the ship being developed also to pave the way for a new generation of green, standardized ships in the necessary fleet renewal in the short sea shipping segment.
Background for the project
In the Green Shipping Program pilot project “Transport of gravel and grain by sea” the two cargo owners (charterers) have co-operated to enable combination of the logistics needs between the Western and Eastern Norway to enable a sustainable transport system with a “zero-emission” ship.
The pilot project was executed in the period 2019-2020, and the owners of the project were the two cargo owners. Other contributors in the pilot were ABB, Enchandia, Flowchange, Gasnor, Grieg Star, Hordaland Fylkeskommune, Hyon, Kongsberg Maritime, Kystverket, Kystrederiene (Roslagen Shipping and K. Sætre & Sønner), Sjøfartsdirektoratet, SINTEF, Vard and DNV GL (coordinator).
The pilot led to a requirement specification which describes the requirements to a standard transport solution by use of one unique ship with zero-emission in operation. The specification co-vers the transport of gravel from the West Coast to the south of Norway and inner Oslofjord, and shipment of grain (wheat, oat etc.) the opposite direction.
Chief Logistics, Felleskjøpet Agri SA
Tender on Fuel & Infrastructure
The «Request for Interest» for a zero-emission fuel contract was launched yesterday and distributed to selected providers of fuel and associated infrastructure. You can find the document under Publications.
Information Meetings arranged August 27 and September 02
Two information meetings with Q&A sessions have recently been held with good attendance. You will find the presentation under Publications and Q&A under Announcements and FAQs.
Changes in “Request for Interest”
A change in the “Request for Interest” has been made, see announcement under Announcements and FAQs.
Successful announcement of Request for Interest
It was with great success the tender (RfI) was announced at Felleskjøpet’s facilities at Kambo on July 3rd. The project was well received by the market and by the Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment, Sveinung Rotevatn who got handed over a copy of the document. The press was also present and covered the whole event. Among them, Aftenposten/E24 and Teknisk Ukeblad. The occasion was also mentioned in TradeWinds (Subscription required).
“This cooperation is a perfect match. HeidelbergCement and ourselves use the same ships, and through the Green Shipping Program we learned that both had common goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and how we could combine our efforts in this combined tender process”, says Logistics Manager Per-Kenneth Øye in Felleskjøpet. Lars Erik Marcussen, Chartering Manager in HeidelbergCement, says “We have set the requirements for zero-emission of greenhouse gases in this transport contract with a duration of up to 20 years. It is up to the shipowners, yards and other partners to decide on the technical solution. However, it is important that the solutions are scalable and can be used for many ships in the years to come.”
Narve Mjøs, Director of Green Shipping Program (GSP), says that this project, which started as a pilot in GSP, is essential because HeidelbergCement and Felleskjøpet are two charterers who have proven their enthusiasm and will to involve themselves. They are confident that the tender will be a significant step that could provide a scalable model for future zero-emission vessel commercial projects.
After the announcement and distribution of the RfI, several shipowners and other market players have contacted the project and have shown great interest in the tender. If your company is interested in this project and believes the products and services you provide may be relevant to the Tenderers, you are encouraged to register under ‘Registration’ in the menu bar. By doing so, your company will come visible for the bidders and the tender process project team. You are also welcome to download the RfI document under Publications.
First step towards zero-emission bulk carrier on 3rd of July
On Friday, July 3rd 10:30 AM Felleskjøpet Agri and HeidelbergCement will take the first specific step towards the realization of their Green Shipping Program (GSP) pilot by announcing the «Request for Interest» (RfI). The occasion will happen at Felleskjøpet’s own facilities at Kambo, and a copy of the document will be handed over to the Minister of Climate and Environment, Sveinung Rotevatn who will be present.
Chief Logistics, Felleskjøpet Agri SA