The Joint Industry Project, part of Motorways of the Sea, upgrades the existing maritime link between core port (Luleå) and comprehensive ports (Raahe, Oxelösund) in the Baltic Sea to further comply the environmental regulations. The main objective is to have an energy-efficient, low-emission supply of dry bulk cargo available year-round in the peripheral region and to increase efficiency and reduce overall logistics costs. The project will contribute to significant positive effects on the environment by optimizing raw material logistics as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible.
Total CO2 emissions per ton of transported cargo will be reduced by more than 50 % in comparison to present vessels in operation. Harmful air emissions (SOX, NOX, CO2 and PM) will be reduced through using LNG as a fuel and other additional energy efficiency measures on board the new vessels, as well as by increasing port efficiency in operation. The project will contribute to the combating climate change and air pollution beyond the existing regulations. It promotes clean shipping and alternative fuels. It will increase the demand for LNG and deployment of LNG bunkering infrastructure in the Gulf of Bothnia, as well as the implementation of shore-side electricity.
The project supports the objectives to remove the bottleneck of the raw material transport in Sweden and Finland. The area in question provides steel supply to the processing and manufacturing industries throughout Europe and delivers end-products worldwide. The steelworks use raw materials which are transported from the hinterland with the Iron Ore railway line, Malmbanan, between Luleå and Narvik (Norway). The new, ice-class IA ships will be the first LNG-fuelled large bulk carriers in the world, representing the latest in technology and innovation.
Implementation time: 16.2.2016-30.6.2019
Maximum EU co-funding: 6,8 M EUR