Decatrip creates a Green Maritime Corridor

2024-06-14T21:59:59+00:00 June 14th, 2024|Environment|

The Decatrip project, undertaken by Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC), Viking Line, Åbo Akademi, and Kempower, has concluded.

Its goal was to develop one of the world’s first carbon neutral ‘green’ corridors on the maritime route between Turku and Stockholm.

RMC’s role was to investigate the technology needed to modernise Viking Line’s vessels and retrofit them with batteries to reduce fuel consumption and methane emissions.

As a result, Viking Line now offers green transport services to their customers, effectively creating one of the world’s first green maritime corridors, it claimed.

“Today we can offer biofuel to our passengers and freight customers by calculating the emissions attributed to the journey. By opting for biofuel, we’re able to accordingly boost our procurement of 100% renewable biofuel for low-emission travel,” said Johanna Boijer-Svahnström, Viking Line’s Communications Director.

“The Decatrip project proved that sustainable shipping using renewable fuels is feasible, but you must consider the whole business case and involve both technology providers and end customers. By doing so, it was possible to create the world’s first Green Maritime Corridor,” added Magnus Gustafsson, Research Director at the Laboratory of Industrial Management at Åbo Akademi University.

According to RMC’s research, implementing hybrid solutions for the Turku/Stockholm route and similar routes elsewhere worldwide is feasible even on a tight schedule.

“The lifespan of ships is long. Therefore, it is important that existing ships can be modernised into hybrids, thereby promoting the green transition in maritime transport.

“As a result of the project, RMC is fully prepared to carry out similar modernisations on comparable routes. Finland is committed to establishing green marine corridors, and this successful project supports that commitment,” commented Mika Laurilehto, RMC Deputy CEO.

In addition to Decatrip, RMC is involved in another project focused on environmental sustainability in maritime transport, aimed at creating a concept for a fully electric ship.

Decatrip, which began in 2022, received partial funding from Business Finland, while the majority of the funding came from the participating companies.

Each partner had a specific role to play. Viking Line developed a commercial model based on carbon neutral maritime transport, RMC analysed how existing ships could be upgraded to be more environmentally friendly, while Kempower developed retrofittable charging devices for electric vehicles on ships and Åbo Akademi developed a simulation model to optimise battery and electric vehicle charging devices.

In addition, Åbo Akademi analysed the project’s societal benefits and developed a framework for analysing similar projects.

The project partners will continue to develop the green corridor between Turku and Stockholm, as this project assessed the concept’s scalability potential for developing similar corridors.