Norwegian government-owned clean energy promoter Enova is financing a project to develop sustainable short sea shipping in Northern Europe. Enova is investing NOK130m ($15m) in Skarv Shipping Solutions, which is a joint venture between Peak Group and Grieg Edge, to construct three cargo ships that will be powered by batteries, ammonia engines, rotor sails and energy-saving hull design. The ships are expected to show a 90% reduction in emissions compared with similar traditional ships. Each has a loading capacity of 4,000 tons and will be used in short-sea shipping along the Norwegian coast, from northern Norway and south to the Oslo Fjord.
Wärtsilä will supply the four-stroke ammonia engines powering the ships with the goal of delivering them by the end of 2024. Skarv’s zero-emissions roadmap includes the focus on establishing sustainable maritime solutions for the entire shipping industry. Ammonia and hydrogen are alternative energy sources that have gained much interest in the market. Many companies are interested in the technology course for the first two application periods to propel zero-emissions fuel use in shipping. Enova’s aim is to pave the way for short sea shipping to adopt zero-emission solutions, including the use of green ammonia.