Samskip has ordered two zero-emission short sea container vessels with Cochin Shipyard in India. The vessels will use green hydrogen as fuel and will service western European routes.

According to Samskip, the ships will be among the first zero-emission short sea container vessels in the world. The order is part of the shipping company’s cooperation with the Norwegian government green funding programme aimed at emission-free transport solutions by adopting sustainable innovative future technologies.

The SeaShuttle container feeder vessel will be a multi-megawatt hydrogen fuel cell-powered vessel.

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In zero-emission mode, each vessel is expected to achieve around 25,000 tonnes of CO2 reduction per year. They will achieve zero-emission operations in ports as well by using green shore power at the port of call.

‘This endeavour is another of Samskip’s initiatives that is an important step towards reaching our sustainability targets outlined in our latest sustainability report,’ says CEO Samskip Group, Kari-Pekka Laaksonen. ‘It reinforces our commitment to the Sustainability Science Based Target initiative and will support our goal of reaching Net-Zero by 2040.’

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