A memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Kongsberg Maritime (KM) and Singapore-based dry bulk owner Berge Bulk for the joint development and deployment of decarbonization technologies for dry bulk cargo vessels.
Berge Bulk has begun an ambitious environmental program that resulted in the production of the Berge Logan –stated to be the most energy-efficient bulk carrier in the world – and as part of this program the company aims to be carbon-neutral by 2025, in addition to having a zero-carbon ocean-going dry bulk carrier by 2030.
The joint development project will be split into two parts, beginning with the evaluation and testing of emerging maritime decarbonization technologies. The pair will then integrate emerging and existing technologies into deployable systems that can be installed on board Berge Bulk’s fleet of more than 80 dry bulk vessels.
“We’re proud to have been chosen by Berge Bulk to accelerate its journey toward carbon-neutral operations,” said James Poulton, senior vice president, Kongsberg Maritime. “Together, we’ll be laying down a positive marker for maritime sustainability that will inspire a literal sea change for bulk carriers and beyond.”
“Berge Bulk is actively engaged in identifying new emerging technology trends to help us reach our zero-carbon goals,” said James Marshall, CEO, Berge Bulk. “However, there are plenty of existing technologies that we can and should be leveraging today to reduce our vessel emissions now.”