Enova provided support of a total of NOK 171.8 million to Viasea shipping for the acquisition of two hydrogen-powered container ships.
Viasea aims to lead and encourage the maritime industry to invest in zero-emission ships. This ship concept is designed for extremely low energy consumption, combining new zero-emission technologies such as green hydrogen and rotor sails for direct self-renewable use which is energy in nature.
Hydrogen refueling was originally planned in Norway. While hydrogen may be used elsewhere on the planned route, the ships can operate entirely without diesel. Upon commissioning, the combination of hydrogen and diesel operation will result in more than a 75% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to an equivalent diesel-powered vessel. Running on 100% hydrogen, the ship will be emission-free.
“We believe that advanced green hydrogen technology will transform shipping in Europe, generating zero emissions. Since Viasea Shipping was founded seven years ago, the goal has been to offer more sustainable transportation to the market. First, as a more ecological alternative to road transport. maritime transport, and now focusing on zero-emission maritime transport in Europe. “This is our first step,” he said. Morten Pettersen, director general of Viasea Shipping.
“Viasea’s commitment to building these advanced vessels shows that logistics companies can be pioneers for a sustainable future. “Through our investment in new technology, we are not only an industry leader in transportation, but we are also setting a bold example of how logistics can offer customers innovative and sustainable solutions, forming the foundation for a sustainable future,” added. Rohit Sharma, Sustainable Advisor at Viasea Shipping.