Following a procurement process, Fossil Free Marine has selected Swede Ship Composite to supply the first full-scale commercial unit of its newly developed unmanned floating marine fuel station.
Under the agreement, Swede Ship Composite will begin manufacturing the fuel station in January 2022, with deployment and the start of commercial operations scheduled to happen within the first half of 2022.
Designed by Fossil Free Marine’s co-founder, Niklas Sjöö, the first units have been partly funded by grants from KlimatKlivet, which translates as ‘climate leap’. The grant is part of a Swedish government scheme that aims to support local climate investments and will cover incremental costs associated with supplying renewable fuels.
The first full-scale unit will be installed in Sweden close to central Stockholm and will enable pleasure and commercial vessels to switch to using renewable fuels.
“This marks a major milestone for Fossil Free Marine, as we move from development phase into production of our first commercial product,” said Karl-Oskar Tjernström, co-founder and CEO of Fossil Free Marine. “In Swede Ship Composite, we feel we have found a supplier that genuinely understands and buys in to our ambitious plans to change the way fuels are distributed in the marine sector and take part in making boating sustainable on a global scale.”
“Our skills in composite production as well as tailored solutions for demanding customers makes us uniquely positioned to tackle an engineering project like this,” commented Bo Axelsson, president and CEO, Swede Ship Composite. “We look forward to being part of the exciting journey that Fossil Free Marine is embarking on, which is in line with the ambition of several of our core customers to make the transition to, for example, HVO100 renewable diesel.”