- Berge Bulk and Kongsberg Maritime have established a joint development initiative to advance marine decarbonization technologies.
- The goal is to identify and test emerging decarbonization technologies and advance the integration of emerging and existing technologies into deployable marine solutions.
SINGAPORE, June 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Singapore-based dry bulk owner Berge Bulk and marine technology leader Kongsberg Maritime (KM) today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop and advance the deployment decarbonization technologies on board dry bulk vessels.
As a leader in international dry bulk shipping on the high seas, Berge Bulk has embarked on an ambitious environmental program that has produced vessels like Berge Logan, the most energy-efficient bulk carrier in the world. Continuing this program, Berge Bulk aims to be carbon neutral by 2025 at the latest and to have a zero carbon oceanic dry bulk carrier by 2030. Such an ambitious program will require significant technical expertise and innovative talents to achieve and present many technical, commercial and regulatory challenges. KM is Berge Bulk’s latest technology partner to take up the challenge.
“We are proud to have been chosen by Berge Bulk to accelerate its journey to carbon neutral operations,” adds James PoultonSenior Vice President, Kongsberg Maritime. “Together, we will set a positive marker for maritime sustainability that will inspire step-change for bulk carriers and beyond.“
The joint development project has two components. The first element will be to assess and test emerging decarbonization technologies for use in the maritime sector. The second element will be integrating emerging and existing technologies into deployable systems that can be installed on Berge Bulk’s fleet of over 80 dry bulk carriers.
“Berge Bulk is actively working to identify new emerging technology trends to help us achieve our zero carbon goals,” adds james marshallCEO of Berge Bulk. “However, there are many existing technologies that we can and should leverage today to reduce emissions from our ships now.”
Adapting existing technologies to maritime applications is no small challenge. Many decarbonization solutions were originally developed for land-based applications, requiring significant technical adaptations to meet the unique requirements of the marine environment. KM’s extensive experience in developing technology solutions for marine applications is critical to the success of these projects and the wider acceptance of these technologies by the maritime industry. Together, the two companies hope to expand the range of clean technology options available to shipowners who wish to reduce their emissions today.
About Berge Bulk
Berge Bulk is one of the world’s leading independent dry bulk owners and has an outstanding reputation for the safe, efficient and sustainable delivery of goods worldwide. Berge Bulk is a young and dynamic company with a strong commitment to innovative growth and development. It has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2025 at the latest.
Berge Bulk owns and manages a fleet of over 80 vessels, which equates to over 14 million DWT. The fleet ranges from practical to cape size to some of the largest vessels ever built, serving the world’s leading miners, steel mills and charterers. For more information, visit www.bergebulk.com.
About Kongsberg Maritime
Kongsberg Maritime is a global marine technology company that provides innovative and reliable Full Picture technology solutions for all sectors of the maritime industry, including merchant, offshore, cruise, submarine and naval. Based in Kongsberg, NorwayKongsberg Maritime has manufacturing, sales and service facilities in 34 countries.
Kongsberg Maritime solutions cover all aspects of marine automation, safety, maneuvering, navigation and dynamic positioning, as well as energy management, deck handling and propulsion systems and ship design services. Underwater solutions include single and multibeam echo sounders, sonars, AUVs and USVs, underwater navigation and communication systems.
Worldwide training courses, LNG solutions, information management, position reference systems and technology for seismic and drilling operations are also part of the company’s diverse technology portfolio. In addition, Kongsberg Maritime provides engineering and system integration services for EIT (Electro, Instrument & Telecom), on an EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction) basis.
Kongsberg Maritime is part of Kongsberg Gruppen (KONGSBERG), an international knowledge-based group that celebrated 200 years of business in 2014. KONGSBERG provides high-tech systems and solutions to customers in the oil and gas industry, merchant marine and the defense and aerospace industries.
SOURCE Berge Bulk