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Environmentally friendly sea transport

Sea transport has a high priority in achieving national and international climate goals, and Color Line’s sea environmental strategy influences the company’s initiatives.

Shifting transport from roads to sea
Sea transport is considerably more climate and environment friendly than road transport. The EU’s goal is to shift 50 percent of goods transport from road to rail by 2050. The Norwegian authorities have also set ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which involve up to 40 per cent emission reductions from non-quota regulated sectors, where transport is the largest source of emissions.

The report “Climate effects of transferring goods from roads to shipping” (DNV-GL 2016) estimates that almost 30 per cent of all freight transport currently transported from Europe to Norway by road could be transferred to shipping. The National Transport Plan (NTP) for 2018–2027 shows that 5-7 million tonnes of goods currently transported by road could be shifted to shipping or rail.

Color Line - goods transport and the sea environment
Color Line carries a significant proportion of goods by sea transportation between Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Germany, with approximately 175,000 containers or trailers (12 m) a year. The number of trailers on Color Line corresponds to about 23 percent of the freight traffic coming to Norway by road across Svinesund.

Color Line is an important player in sea transport and an accelerator in the development of modern and future oriented ocean shipping, with daily scheduled departures between 7 ports in Norway, Denmark, Germany and Sweden. The company has adopted the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association’s vision of zero emissions of damaging substances to the air or water and is working strategically and resolutely on environmentally friendly solutions.

Climate friendly technology and new ships
By 2017, the company has invested around NOK 200 million in environmental measures, including onshore power in all the ports used by Color Line and scrubber solutions on all new ships.

Onshore power systems
The company has been a driving force in establishing onshore power systems in Norwegian ports, together with the port authorities and an instrument apparatus including ENOVA and the environmental organizations. Color Line has been a partner of Bellona for many years. The first onshore system for high-voltage electricity was installed in Oslo in October 2011. In 2014, onshore electricity was established in Kristiansand, in Larvik in 2016, in Sandefjord in 2017 and in Kiel in 2019.

Overall, including Kiel, annual CO2 emissions are reduced by around 10,000 tonnes. The local environment has also been protected from large point emissions of NOx,SOx and particles, as well as significant noise reduction during docking of ships.

Next Generation Ship Award for environmentally friendly ships
During the opening ceremony of Nor-Shipping in 2017, H.R.H Crown Prince Haakon presented the Next Generation Ship Award to Ulstein Verft and Color Line. The prince praised the most promising ship design to be launched in the next ten years. The jury’s statement was that Color Line demonstrates innovation and ambition that will leads the maritime industry further towards a greener, more profitable and more sustainable future in sea shipping and transportation.

Color Hybrid will be the world’s largest plug-in hybrid ship built by Ulstein Shipyard. The new ship will insert for sea transportation and shipping on the Sandefjord - Strømstad route in summer 2019. The ship has a capacity of 500 cars and 2,000 passengers.

The batteries are charged via the onshore power system in Sandefjord as well as via special generators on board. The ship will travel into and out of the fjord at Sandefjord on battery power. This means that no harmful greenhouse gases or nitrogen and sulphur compounds are emitted into the atmosphere of the area. The ship will also make use of new noise reduction solutions. External noise at low speed measured 100 metres from the vessel will be far less than the noise of a normal conversation.

Read more about Color Hybrid 

Exhaust gas cleaners (“scrubbers”)
Color Line has installed exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers) for the main engines on all of the company's new ships in order to comply with statutory environmental requirements. The scrubbers reduce sulphur dioxide emissions by more than 90 percent and ensure an annual sulphur dioxide emission reduction of more than 500 tonnes per ship.

This corresponds to a reduction of over 2,500 tonnes of sulphur dioxide per year for the entire shipping line. The scrubber technology has also reduced emissions of particles such as soot by around 50 per cent.
The ships to Sweden use environmentally friendly marine diesel.

The green shift
The environmental investments have equipped Color Line to meet the green shift in Europe. The investments are also seen as an important contribution to the long-term work of reorganization in the maritime industry.

Award winning:In recent years Color Line has received several awards for its commitment to sustainability in sea transport:

2012: The City of Oslo Environmental Award 
2014: Baltic Sea Clean Maritime Award
2015: NHO’s Logistics & Transport Environmental Award
2016: Next Generation Ship Award
2019: Ship of the Year


Installation of onshore power systems:

October 2011: Oslo
November 2014: Kristiansand
April 2016: Larvik
August 2017: Sandefjord
May 2019: Kiel