It is estimated that the projects will transfer about 2.7 million tonnes of goods from road to sea during the three year support period.
- The Government's goal is that more freight transport will take place at sea. It will strengthen short sea shipping, environmental benefits, improve road safety and free up capacity on Norwegian roads. We have therefore introduced a new grant scheme. Six projects have now been granted grants, which could move 2.7 million tonnes of goods from road to sea. That's good news, said Minister of Transport, Ketil Solvik-Olsen, in a press release from the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
The grant scheme will stimulate the establishment of new maritime transport services, or in special cases upgrading existing offers, between Norwegian ports and other ports in the EEA.
- 2.7 million tonnes of goods over a three-year period correspond to about 15 per cent of the transmission potential from road to sea, which is revealed through the NTP God Analysis. It is a promising start on this scheme. The projects that have received commitments will be able to remove approximately 22,500 trucks, each carrying 17 tonnes, on a stretch corresponding to Trondheim-Oslo. That is, the Norwegian road network and the environment is saved for more than 60 such truck transports every day, says a satisfied departmental director, Sven Martin Tønnessen, in the Coastal Administration.
- We find that the grant scheme has been positively received by the industry, which has resulted in good applications and projects. The total amount of projects awarded by the granted projects shows that the scheme can help to realize the transfer of goods from road to sea, in addition to the primary potential identified by the NTP Good Analysis, states Coastal Director Kirsti L. Slotsvik.
About 25 per cent of the expected quantities of goods are transported over shorter distances than the minimum 500 kilometers traditionally considered as the maritime transport domain. The following companies have been given grants:
- Wallenius line
- Base Marine
- Nor Lines
- Cryo Shipping
- DFDS Logistics