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Shipping in Equinor

With over 150 ships at work for us on the Norwegian continental shelf, including supply, standby, anchor handling vessels and approximately 100 tankers, we are a significant charterer in the shipping market.

The Equinor shipping fleet

Our seaborne transportation of crude, gas liquids and LNG volumes involves more than 4300 voyages worldwide per year and moves over 100 million tonnes annually.

Today, over 150 ships are at work collecting and transporting oil, fetching and bringing equipment and providing emergency standby services just for Equinor – an enormous number of transport movements.

Equinor’s greener shipping

We are undertaking a comprehensive newbuilding plan to renew our shipping fleet, including low-carbon shuttle tankers.

  • 14 newbuildings were put into operation in Equinor’s shipping fleet in 2020, most in the North Sea and two in Brazil.
  • Equinor’s ambitions in offshore wind will be yet another driver for greener shipping.
  • Viking Energy is the world’s first ammonia-powered supply vessel and the first in Equinor’s fleet to be powered by LNG.
  • The ocean, and the expertise associated with it, is one of Equinor’s priority areas. Green shipping is a natural part of this commitment.

The vessels are equipped with new carbon-efficient technologies such as dual fuel LNG, LVOC (Liquified Volatile Organic Compounds) to be blended with LNG as fuel, and large hybrid batteries.

A wide variety of measures are employed to reduce emissions from our logistical operations:

  • Planning efficient sailing routes and optimal utilisation of vessels and helicopters
  • Fuel consumption as one of the evaluation criteria in awarding new vessel contracts.
  • We have introduced requirements in our long-term contracts stating that supply vessels must have hybrid battery operation and be prepared for shore power.
  • Incentives in the vessel contracts to reduce fuel consumption: shipowners are paid if their emissions are lower than agreed, and they must pay a surcharge if their emissions are higher than agreed.

What are possible alternative fuels for ships?

Illustration: DNVGL

The Green Shipping Programme

Norway is establishing a programme to achieve the world’s most efficient and environmentally friendly shipping.

The Green Shipping Programme aims to find scalable solutions for efficient and environmentally friendly shipping. The results will be cost-effective emission cuts, economic growth, increased competitiveness, and new jobs in Norway. Authorities and industry actors are participating in the programme and are working together to achieve these goals.

What we will achieve:

  • Profitable emission reductions
  • Sustainable logistics
  • Cargo owners will achieve effective and sustainable logistic solutions.
  • Green jobs
  • Increased competitiveness
  • International leadership position
  • Norwegian shipping will be a showcase for the world, an incubator and platform for export of environmental technology and green transport services.
The Green shipping programme (DNVGL)