Rot­ter­dam and Oslo Cities Sign MoU for new green corridor

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by the City of Rotterdam and the City of Oslo to create a new Green Corridor for short sea shipping that will be served by Samskip’s next generation zero-emission SeaShuttle vessels. Strengthening their longstanding relationship, 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.

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Samskip Hol­ding BV CEO Kari-Pekka Laak­so­nen, said: “Samskip cele­bra­tes both the coope­ra­ti­ve endea­vors of this part­ner­ship, as well as this momen­tous occa­si­on and the posi­ti­ve results that come from the green tran­si­ti­on efforts. We all must take respon­si­bi­li­ty for the future of our indus­try and pla­net and con­tri­bu­te to a clea­ner and brigh­ter future for ever­yo­ne. We at Samskip con­ti­nue to sup­port such initia­ti­ves whole-heartedly. This sig­ning brings us one step clo­ser toward the exci­ting launch of SeaS­hut­tle, the zero-emission hydro­gen ves­sels which will be uti­li­zed in this pro­ject, and we look for­ward to con­ti­nuing to nur­tu­re the rela­ti­onship we have built bet­ween Rot­ter­dam and Oslo.”

Both cities have inves­ted in decar­bo­niza­ti­on 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 uti­li­zed 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 Direc­tor, Busi­ness Deve­lo­p­ment Magnús Sal­berg Óskars­son, said: “We are so proud to be a part of such a pro­ject. This is a per­fect exam­p­le of dif­fe­rent com­pa­nies and enti­ties pul­ling tog­e­ther to acce­le­ra­te gree­ner logi­stics to help us achie­ve our ambi­tious decar­bo­niza­ti­on 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!”

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