By 2023, Norway will require low-emission technology for all ferry tenders

Hurtigruten - ferryPhoto: Arvid Høidahl / Unsplash

By 2023, the government plans to require all tenders for ferries to require low-emission solutions. For high-speed boats, the requirement will be introduced by 2025.

The requirement that all tenders must have zero or low-emission solutions is part of the government’s climate plan, according to E24.

Minister of Climate and Environment Sveinung Rotevatn (V) believes that such stricter requirements that create a need for new ferries and high-speed boats will provide jobs to a shipbuilding industry that needs new orders.

The government is now giving a total of NOK 89 million to several county municipalities to stimulate the development of emission-free high-speed boats. 

Hydrogen ferry development

The money is allocated through the Norwegian Environment Agency.

On Thursday, Danish Maritime wrote that DFDS and several partners have applied to the EU’s innovation fund for support to develop and build a hydrogen ferry that would serve the route between Oslo and Copenhagen.

In order to be able to put such a ferry into operation, it will be necessary to develop considerably larger fuel cell systems than today. 

Such a ferry would require systems that can produce up to 23 megawatts, while today’s largest systems can only produce 1–5 megawatts.

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