2030 is right around the corner. To help the aquaculture industry reduce emissions in line with the ambitious climate targets, Maritime CleanTech has developed a digital tool to fast-track decision-making.  

A digital roadmap is made available to all cluster partners, gathering up-to-date information regarding alternative fuels, bunkering infrastructure, technology readiness, and industry-specific regulations. The roadmap is developed in collaboration with DNV, securing both data quality and user-friendliness.    

– We are very proud to launch this service. Not only because we need to speed up the transition from fossil fuels, but because we can help the industry get a clearer picture of what opportunities they have. Selecting the right technology and fuel for your vessels is a complex task, but with this tool, we hope to bring some clarity, says Maritime CleanTech CEO, Ada Jakobsen.  

Project Manager Tonje Hovland and Head of Public Affairs, Håvard Tvedte, during the launch of the new tool.

Targeting one of Norway’s largest export industries 

Aquaculture has grown to become a significant industry in Norway and is currently our second-largest export industry. As the world’s largest aquaculture producer and exporter of Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout, Norway plays an important role as a producer of sustainable food globally. Now it’s time to make the production more sustainable, and new demands are affecting the vessel fleet:  

– Aquaculture vessels such as wellboats represent a relatively new vessel category where regulations are not yet fully matured. In addition to national rules and regulation, we expect increasingly more demanding environmental requirements from EU and  IMO , says Head of Innovation and Project Development in Maritime CleanTech, Øystein Huglen. 

National regulations are influenced by Norway’s aim to cut CO2 emissions from its domestic shipping and fisheries sector in half by 2030, compared to 2005 levels. As a result, taxes and regulations on emissions are increasing, and demands for low-and zero-emission solutions are expected to grow for the entire aquaculture industry.  

A Roadmap Towards 2030  

The roadmap developed is tailored to the aquaculture industry, and on a timeline from 2023 to 2030. The tool allows users to choose their specific vessel type, desired fuel, and power technology. Based on this input, users get an overview of key parameters such as estimated fuel consumption, pilot fuel consumption, and emissions per year.  

The roadmap also provides a technology readiness score and a regulatory readiness score based on the overview in the roadmap. Dedicated maps demonstrate where production is planned, and where bunkering infrastructure will be available.  

This solution is intended to give the industry a much-needed overview. While many projects may come and go over the following years, the aim is to provide information and background to decisions we need to make now. The development of the roadmap has been supported by Vestland County.  

A screenshot from the digital roadmap.

Interested in testing the service? Contact Project Manager Tonje Hovland at tonje@maritimecleantech.no.