Decarbonization is a shared responsibility. By sharing knowledge, technologies, and experience, while being willing to learn from other industries, shipping can accelerate its transition to a low carbon future. Carbon-neutral fuel availability is the ‘ultimate’ hurdle and requires cross-industry collaboration to overcome it.

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen

The true fuel of the future is collaboration. Collaborative vehicles are essential for the energy transition, as through such initiatives stakeholders can join forces to support and deliver decarbonization."

  • Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen ,
  • CEO Maritime ,
  • DNV

Maritime Technologies Forum

DNV has joined with leading Flag States and Classification Societies to launch the Maritime Technologies Forum (MTF). The MTF will provide technical and regulatory research, expertise, and leadership to assist the shipping sector and regulators address technology challenges. The MTF is run by a governing body that includes a representative from each of the founding members, responsible for making decisions and overseeing the work and direction of the MTF. Key focus areas for the MTF will include energy efficiency, alternative fuels, and autonomous ships. MTF members will collaborate on research and draw on their collective regulatory expertise to offer unbiased advice to the shipping sector including the IMO.

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Green Shipping Programme (GSP)

The Green Shipping Programme is a DNV-led public-private sector partnership established in 2015 with the aim of implementing the Norwegian government’s policy ambitions. The Norwegian government is promoting the development of zero and low-emission solutions for vessels of all categories as part of a policy goal to reduce the emissions level from domestic shipping and fishing vessels by 50% within 2030. The project is intended to achieve cost-effective and environment-friendly marine transport to help meet the country’s emission targets. It also seeks to stimulate new sustainable solutions for shipping developed by Norwegian companies. More than 30 pilot projects I have been initiated, of which 10 have been realised or are under development.

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Increasingly stringent green regulations will put a cost pressure on cargo owners and ship owners. A wide collaboration between industry and authorities is the key to make the green shift cost effective and fast."

  • Narve Mjøs ,
  • VP and Director of Green Shipping Programme ,
  • DNV

Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD)

In July 2021, Foundation Det Norske Veritas teamed up with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to launch the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD) in Singapore. Foundation Det Norske Veritas is one of the six founding members alongside BW Group, Eastern Pacific Shipping, Ocean Network Express, Sembcorp Marine Ltd, and BHP. The centre’s mission is to catalyse and facilitate decarbonization in the maritime sector and will be supported by contributions from the founding members totalling $120 million. Foundation Det Norske Veritas’s contribution will support research and technology development projects in the areas of greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and collaborative projects with higher education and research institutes.

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Washington Maritime Blue

DNV worked with the State of Washington in late 2017 to develop the “Washington Maritime Blue” strategy and roadmap for the sustainable development of the state’s $38 billion maritime industry. The roadmap and supporting strategy framework were driven by the Maritime Blue Task Force, comprised of hundreds of industry leaders and stakeholders from across public and private sectors. DNV and the Washington State Department of Commerce facilitated the stakeholder process and examined how other leading international maritime clusters have pursued similar sustainability and innovation-centric agendas.

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DNV led a consortium of 26 leading companies and associations, to launch the “Handbook for Hydrogen-fuelled Vessels" to address the uncertainties surrounding hydrogen as ship fuel. The MarHySafe joint development project (JDP) aims to create a knowledge base for safe hydrogen operations in shipping.

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The Nordic Green Ammonia Powered Ships (NoGAPS)

To support the pursuit of IMO’s decarbonization targets, DNV has joined forces with 22 companies by entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on a joint cross-industry study of common issues concerning ammonia as an alternative marine fuel.

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DNV worked with the research institute Fraunhofer ISE, battery supplier Corvus, the Marine Service Unit of Costa Group Carnival Maritime GmbH, on “DDD-Batman”, a MarTERA-sponsored project to study maritime battery health. As the uptake of maritime batteries increases, being able to provide a better picture of the overall health of installed batteries and the available power, is important for building confidence in the safety of hybrid and electric systems.

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Wing sails for Cargill

BAR Technologies has developed so-called WindWings, which are large, rigid wing sails that can measure up to 50 metres in height and are intended to be fitted on the decks of commercial ships to provide zero-emission wind-assisted propulsion technology. 

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The ambition for decarbonization of society is now pushing towards realizing of CCS. Together with our industry partners, DNV is operationalizing low-pressure, large scale CO2 ship transport. One of the challenges in the CCS value chain is the transportation between capture and storage, and the CETO project is an important part of solving this challenge.

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Pressure is mounting on shipping to decarbonize. There is no time to waste. Don’t delay your decarbonization journey, act now to ensure future compliance and competitiveness