Samskip begins construction phase of next generation zero-emission short sea container vessel


Multimodal transport provider Samskip and Cochin Shipyard Ltd. of India have begun the construction phase of their next-generation zero-emission shortsea container vessel ‘Samskip SeaShuttle’ (render pictured).

Representatives from both companies, government and partners enjoyed the pageantry of the official steel cutting ceremony at the shipyard, initiating the first phase of construction of the Samskip SeaShuttle.

The first of two contracted vessels, the ship will also be the first zero emission short sea container vessel in the world to use green hydrogen as fuel. The hydrogen fuel-powered Samskip SeaShuttle is destined to create green corridors between the European continent and the Scandinavian region. In zero emission mode, two Sea Shuttles are expected to achieve around 25,000 tons of CO2 reduction per year. They will achieve zero emission operations in ports as well by using green shore power at the port of call.

Acknowledging the milestone’s significance, Samskip also hosted ‘The Samskip Sustainability Day’ on February 29th, a collaborative forum including maritime experts, municipality representatives, customers, politicians and suppliers. The thinktank event brought together 150 guests to Rotterdam and 60 to Oslo in a forum whose presentations and discussions focused on the collaboration and boundary breaking necessary in the new age of sustainable logistics.

Samskip Sustainability Manager, Laurens Dourleijn, said: “When it comes to sustainability, we believe in transparency, setting goals and taking responsibility. Yesterday, at our event, we introduced our Sustainability Compass to accelerate our ESG goals and called everyone out to work together towards these goals.”

Samskip Group CEO Kari-Pekka Laaksonen, commented: “Our Sustainability Day event went smoothly and I am so proud to see the many stakeholders from different disciplines discussing and brainstorming together. That is why we brought all these honoured guests together. They did not disappoint. We walked away inspired, as we pushed for accountability and teamwork.”