Welcome   Sponsored By
Subscribe | Register | Advertise | Newsletter | About us | Contact us
If you would like to send us an article, contact Margaret Stacey

The ZEEDS concept was initially modelled for the North Sea and Baltics, where some of the busiest shipping corridors are located

A Practical Plan For A Zero-Emission Marine Ecosystem

  (WORLDWIDE, 5/5/2021)

Sometimes a revolution starts from simple beginnings – in this case, by bringing together a group of experts in shipping, energy and propulsion and giving them a blank piece of paper to create something new. This is how a practical concept for making clean shipping a reality, known as ZEEDS (Zero Emission Energy Distribution at Sea), was born.

The need for a concept like ZEEDS is clear. Shipping, carrying over 90 percent of global trade, is vital to the smooth functioning of our daily lives. But most ships still burn heavy fuel oil, which contains contaminants like sulphur and nitrogen, meaning they create a fair amount of pollution. In fact, shipping accounts for some two to three per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
The solution is to switch to clean-burning zero-emission fuels like ammonia or hydrogen. While alternative fuels like these have their pros and cons, the real issue is simple enough: green solutions need green fuels. But to enable the global adoption of green fuels the refuelling infrastructure needs to be there. So which comes first?
Project partners
That’s where the Wärtsilä-initiated ZEEDS initiative comes in.
Why we created ZEEDS
The idea is to create an entire ecosystem of offshore clean fuel production and distribution hubs and deploy them in strategic locations across the globe. The ecosystem would be based on existing technology, meaning it is practical and can already be rolled out in pilot projects.
In addition to Wärtsilä, the initiative includes Aker Solutions, an offshore engineering and technology company; DFDS, an international shipping and logistics company; Equinor, a multinational energy company; and Grieg Star, an international shipowner.
These five companies form the core of the group for one simple reason: they all contribute different knowledge and competencies. “The important thing to remember is that with the game changing due to emissions targets, new business models are needed, and the only way to create them is through this kind of collaboration. The members’ complementary expertise is invaluable and helps to opens new doors,” says Cato Esperø, Sales Director, Wärtsilä Norway.
The ZEEDS future vision – and what’s already happening today
The initial infrastructure of the future as imagined by the companies involved in ZEEDS is composed of fuel hubs set up next to offshore wind turbines, built as two-level platforms. The energy produced by the turbines will be used to produce hydrogen from water on the first level of the platform while on the second level, ammonia will be made from hydrogen and nitrogen extracted from the air. Other clean fuels could be produced and stored as well.
But how can such a diverse group of companies create the necessary ecosystem? The key is to spend the time needed to communicate and build trust – combined with a strong belief in the goals of the project. “The beauty of this is approach is that it works because all the companies are different. Every partner is a vital link in the value chain, and building trust is the key to success,” says Jünger.
A process based on co-creation
In January 2020 the partners discussed the next phase of ZEEDS and how to make the initiative commercially viable for all partners. The team has identified four workstreams, which are now moving into the pilot project phase:
• Workstream 1 will build an onshore ammonia supply chain with a green ammonia factory in Berlevåg, located in northern Norway. The factory will supply shipping customers and off-grid power production facilities in remote locations like Lonyearbyen in Svalbard. From the core partners, Aker Solutions, Grieg and Wärtsilä are taking part. Other companies – including Varanger kraft, Statskraft, Store Norske and Statsnett (an associated partner) – have also been invited to participate.
• Workstream 2 will produce offshore green fuel for volume distribution by repurposing existing offshore rig technology. Aker Solutions and Equinor are leading this workstream in cooperation with the core ZEEDS group.
• Workstream 3 will design an ammonia bunkering vessel to provide fuel to vessels. Grieg and Wärtsilä are leading this workstream in partnership with Aker Solutions, Varanger kraft and various Norwegian ship owners.
• Workstream 4 will convert a vessel to use green ammonia. DFDS and Wärtsilä are leading this workstream.

The ZEEDS initiative is also collaborating with other stakeholders, including NGOs, politicians at all levels, and local communities who stand to benefit from the initiative’s circular approach – for example by reusing waste heat and oxygen from production processes in other commercial activities. “This project has already had practical results – during this process five new companies have been spun off to work on the solutions needed to make this a reality. We’ve seen hard evidence in this project that a good purpose will generate great future business while also helping to build a more sustainable society,” says Esperø.
Radical transformation on a massive scale is needed to decarbonise shipping, and Wärtsilä and the other ZEEDS partners believe the initiative can be a significant contributor to this objective. In upcoming articles we will dive deeper into the four workstreams to discuss the plans and what has been achieved so far. Stay tuned.
Source: Wärtsilä

[email protected]

Information of the company:
Address: John Stenbergin ranta 2 - P.O. Box 196
City: Helsinki
State/ZIP: (FI-00531)
Country: Finland
Phone: +358 10 709 0000
Fax: +358 10 709 5700
E-Mail: [email protected]
More about:


View Larger Map


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
Skretting Introduces New Feed Formulation Concept
FDO Showcases Range of Seafood Products at HORECA Oman 2024
Atlantic Sapphire Further Reduces Carbon Footprint by Joining Esteemed FPL Solar Together Program
GSA Launches BAP Consumer Websites in French and German
High Liner Foods Invests US$10M in Andfjord Salmon
Blue Star Foods Reports 19% Growth to U$2.3 M Revenue for First Quarter Ended March 31
Filetfabrikken is Ready for the Future of Fish Processing
Wanda Fish Unveils Its First Cell-Cultivated Bluefin Tuna Toro Sashimi
Veramaris Achieves a Record-breaking Year With a 50% Increase in Production Volumes
Online registration is Now Open for Aquaculture Vietnam 2024
Tasmanian Oyster Company Renews Friend of the Sea Certification
Good Results in a Biologically Challenging Quarter for Mowi in Norway
Coles Canned Tuna Range to Get Tick of Approval from MSC
Seaweed Caviar: The “Roe” of the Future
A Gourmet Line of Peruvian Seafood Like no Other
Shinkei Announces USD 6 Million in Seed Funding for Sustainable Robotic Fish Harvesting
BEWI Introduces New EPS Grades and Fish Boxes with 60% Lower CO2 Footprint
Enabling the Blue Food Revolution
American Seafoods Releases Annual Sustainability Report
Natural Shrimp, Inc. Completes Successful Trial in Japan
More Articles...

Market situation for Norwegian coldwater prawn
Norway Strong growth for prawn Norway exported 5,138 tonnes of prawn worth NOK 205 million in May The value increased by NOK 93 million, or 82 percent, compared with the same month last year. ...
Vietnamese canned tuna increases market share in the US
Viet Nam Vietnam's canned tuna exports continue to grow rapidly in the first months of 2024. In April 2024 alone, canned tuna exports to this market increased by 127 %, reaching more than 10 million USD. A...
Northern shrimp in Skagerrak and Kattegat and northern North Sea in the Norwegian Deep - Advice
Denmark ICES released advice on fishing opportunities for Northern shrimp (Pandalus borealis) in the Skagerrak and Norwegian Deep (ICES divisions 3.a and 4.a East) for the period 1 July 2024 to 30 June 2025. ...
GSA Releases Outline of the Responsible Seafood Summit 2024 Conference Program
United Kingdom Global Seafood Alliance (GSA) has announced the release of an outline of its highly anticipated Responsible Seafood Summit conference program for 2024. Set to take place in October in St Andrews,...

Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Nichirei Corporation - Headquarters
Pesquera El Golfo S.A.
Ventisqueros - Productos del Mar Ventisqueros S.A
Wärtsilä Corporation - Wartsila Group Headquarters
ITOCHU Corporation - Headquarters
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH+Co.KG (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd. - Group Headquarters
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Holding Company (Pty) Ltd.
AquaChile S.A. - Group Headquarters
Pesquera San Jose S.A.
Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
CNFC China National Fisheries Corporation - Group Headquarters
W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
SMMI - Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd. - Headquarters
Icicle Seafoods, Inc
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.
Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
NISSUI - Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. - Group Headquarters
FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization - Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Brim ehf (formerly HB Grandi Ltd) - Headquarters
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Grupo Pereira Headquarters
Costa Meeresspezialitäten GmbH & Co. KG
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Mowi ASA (formerly Marine Harvest ASA) - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
Oceana Group Limited
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. - Headquarters
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
CJ Corporation  - Group Headquarters
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands | Headquarters
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
NOREBO Group (former Ocean Trawlers Group)
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation - Headquarters
Cooke Inc. - Group Headquarters
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
Walmart | Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Supermarket) - Headquarters
New Japan Radio Co.Ltd (JRC) -Head Office-
Gulfstream JSC
Marine Stewardship Council - MSC Worldwide Headquarters
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
Genki Sushi Co.,Ltd -Headquarter-
Iceland Pelagic ehf
AXA Assistance Argentina S.A.
Caterpillar Inc. - Headquarters
Tiger Brands Limited
National Geographic Society
AmazonFresh, LLC - AmazonFresh

Copyright 1995 - 2024 Seafood Media Group Ltd.| All Rights Reserved.   DISCLAIMER