The City of Rotterdam and the City of Oslo have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create a green corridor for short sea shipping served by Samskip’s next generation zero-emission SeaShuttle vessels.
The agreement also sees two of Europe’s leading hub ports commit to accelerate green transition in shortsea shipping, to support the debut of Samskip’s green hydrogen-fueled container ships.
Both cities have invested in decarbonisation initiatives as part of their commitments to the advancement of the maritime industry. As part of the largest multimodal network in Europe, Samskip has major terminals in both cities.
Two Samskip next generation zero-emission SeaShuttles will be utilised to service the new green corridor.
These vessels will be among the first zero-emission short sea container vessels in the world to use green hydrogen as fuel. The operation will include weekly loops between Rotterdam and ports in the Oslofjord region establishing true end-to-end corridor services.
Samskip Holding BV CEO, Kari-Pekka Laaksonen, said: “Samskip celebrates both the cooperative endeavours of this partnership, as well as this momentous occasion and the positive results that come from the green transition efforts.
“This signing brings us one step closer toward the exciting launch of SeaShuttle, the zero-emission hydrogen vessels which will be utilised in this project, and we look forward to continuing to nurture the relationship we have built between Rotterdam and Oslo,” Laaksonen added.
Samskip Director, Business Development, Magnús Salberg Óskarsson, said: “This is a perfect example of different companies and entities pulling together to accelerate greener logistics to help us achieve our ambitious decarbonisation targets for the upcoming years.
“Our partners have very similar objectives and goals to Samskip, and we are happy to work with hands-on contemporaries that help us make a real difference,” Óskarsson added.
More recently, the Port of Rotterdam plans to offer a substantial port fee reduction for ships that bunker sustainable fuels in Rotterdam, supporting the recently announced Zero Emissions Maritime Buyers Alliance (ZEMBA).