Rotterdam Oslo green corridor

The Dutch city of Rotterdam and the Norwegian city of Oslo have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to create a new Green Corridor for short sea shipping, which then will be served by Samskip’s next generation zero-emission SeaShuttle vessels.

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, the Dutch-headquartered liner company has major terminals in both cities.

Samskip said in a statement, that two of their next generation zero-emission SeaShuttles will be utilized to service this new green corridor, with weekly loops between Rotterdam and ports in the Oslofjord region.

The SeaShuttle vessels used in this new green corridor service will be among the first zero-emission short sea container vessels in the world to use green hydrogen as fuel, the company states.

Kari-Pekka Laaksonen, Holding BV chief executive commented: “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.”

It was also added that “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.”