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NOW Ports Wins Sea Meets Land Mobility Mission

After running for more than a year, the time has come to announce the winner of the Nordic Innovation Mobility Mission: Sea Meets Land.

In March 2020, five promising Nordic mobility projects were selected for funding through the mobility mission. They all had in common a strong potential to decarbonize Nordic ports, transport of people and goods–on and between sea and land. Through the funding period, they competed for the main prize: Additional funding up to NOK 4 million.

After tough competition and a thorough evaluation, we are happy to announce the New Offshore Wind Ports in the Nordics project as winners!

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We have been impressed with what the project has achieved so far and trust it will be an important initiative for decarbonizing Nordic ports. The project is run by a strong consortium and can make a real impact on a Nordic level. We are very happy to announce NOW Ports as the winner project of our Sea Meets Land mobility mission.

Svein Berg, Managing Director, Nordic Innovation

Getting Nordic ports ready for the expanding offshore wind industry

The New Offshore Wind Ports in the Nordics (NOW Ports) project aims to make Nordic ports ready for the expanding offshore wind industry with a stronger green infrastructure and new value chains across developers, manufactures and sub-contractors for offshore wind.

As wind turbines are growing in weight and size, great demands are placed on new and existing offshore wind ports alike. In this project, eight Nordic ports and super sites will enter an innovative collaboration with offshore wind players, with a view towards upgrading, redesigning, and adapting existing facilities and decarbonizing ports' infrastructure.

To meet the increasing requirements and expectations for the industry, the project consortium will develop a Nordic offshore wind alliance to act as innovation advisory board for existing ports and industry players in the value chain. In addition, a new multi-purpose super site concept for utilizing ports infrastructure and establish an optimal supply chain model that should best support future offshore wind ports and sites will be created.

The project also hopes to inspire other regions around the world to learn best practices from leading Nordic offshore wind ports and their supply chains.

“Ports are a key players in the offshore wind supply chain because those are the focal point of enabling commissioning and installation as well as operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms. We need to get the Nordic ports ready for the expanding offshore wind industry, and we need more collaboration and innovation across the Nordic countries. This project is an important step in that direction,” says Glenda Napier, CEO of project owners Energy Cluster Denmark.

Read more about the New Offshore Wind Ports in the Nordics project

The project is run by a consortium with the following partners:

  • Energy Cluster Denmark (Denmark)
  • Norwegian Offshore Wind Cluster (Norway)
  • OffshoreVäst (Sweden)
  • MARLOG (Denmark)
  • Port of Rønne (Denmark)
  • Port of Karmsund (Norway)
  • Port of Trelleborg (Sweden)
  • Eigersund Næring og Havn (Norway)
  • Wergeland Group (Norway)
  • Westcon Helgeland (Norway)
  • Norsea Group (Norway).

A mission for a sustainable future where sea meets land

The Nordic Innovation Mobility Mission: Sea Meets Land is an effort to support Nordic initiatives to develop solutions that will decarbonize Nordic ports, transport of people and goods–on and between sea and land.

The mobility mission was launched as part of our Nordic Smart Mobility and Connectivity program and co-created together with experts and stakeholders within the maritime and land-based transport sectors in a series of workshops in 2019.

The Nordic Innovation Mobility Mission: Sea Meets Land

Decarbonizing Nordic ports, transport of people and goods – on and between sea and land.

Five projects were initially chosen for funding:

Read more about Nordic Innovation Mobility Mission: Sea Meets Land

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Portrait Nina Egeli

Nina Egeli

Senior Innovation Adviser
Internationalization, innovation and business development support, in combination with a strong background in strategy and policy development are main pillars in Nina’s professional life. Through project design and management, she aims to fit market needs with relevant services and opportunities that allows new business partnerships and business projects to prosper.

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