Electric mobility at sea

The maritime industry in Norway has a globally strong position in markets around the world, and are taking the global lead in electrification of maritime vessels. 

All the players in the maritime value chain are represented in Norway; ship owners (offshore, deep sea, short sea and drilling and production), equipment manufacturers, service providers (financial, legal, port, logistics, technological and trading) and ship yards. 

The Norwegian supplier industry and ship owners are at the global forefront of environment friendly technologies at sea. Since 2010 there has been a significant increase of batteries on-board vessels, both full electric and battery hybrid solutions. Currently there are more than 60 full electric or battery hybrid vessels globally, and 40 % of these are Norwegian vessels. This trend is expected to grow in the years to come, and that batteries will be applied in more and more of the vessels segments. 

Ampere, the world’s first electric ferry. Photo: Norled

The ferry sector together with offshore has been the two sectors that have contributed the most to the fact that there is a good market for battery development and deliveries in Norway. Several maritime battery companies have in recent years established themselves with production in Norway. 

Requirements from operators in combination with economic incentives will lead to more action. The new contracts that the largest petroleum company, Statoil, has entered into are a good example of a driver: batteries installed are a requirement for long-term contracts (3-5 years) with the ship owners. This has prompted many shipping companies to offer the solution, and such contributed significantly to market change in the segment. 

Why Norway? 

  • Norway is a leading maritime nation and a a complete maritime cluster 

  • In the technology fore-front of developing “green” shipping 

  • Political will and financial support for electrifying sea transport