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Green Flow of Dry Bulk

Felleskjøpet Agri and HeidelbergCement aim Felleskjøpet Agri and HeidelbergCement aim for a sustainable transport system without emissions of greenhouse gases for a sustainable transport system without emissions of greenhouse gases

Green transport of gravel and grain

About the case


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 Ro-galand 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 Programme (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 Programme 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.