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Ferry across Randsfjorden in Oppland County

This is a new project for Transportutvikling AS, focusing on commuter ferry scheduling structure, propulsion technology, environment, and economic issues related to investments and vessel management.

Transportutvikling AS has recently signed a contract with Oppland County Council, in order to fulfill the County’s ambition of establishing a zero- or low-emission ferry in service on Randsfjorden. The project involves project management, maritime technical advice and general assessments.

The ferry commuter system on Randsfjorden is managed by Oppland County, and is today served by an elderly vessel.

Oppland County Council has decided on a future zero- or low-emission ferry in this commuter system. Several alternative vessel options are to be assessed, f.i. upgrading/repairs of the present ferry or contracting a new vessel.

When carrying out this project, Transportutvikling AS is to focus on:

  • Establishing a relevant basis for the County’s decisions
  • Recommending vessel selection
  • Assessing relevant fuel technologies for securing vessel’s zero- or low-emission
  • Assessing relevant consequences, including economics, environment and  ferry scheduling
  • Other relevant issues

Developing future zero-emission fast commuter vessels

Trøndelag County Council has signed a contract with five consortia regarding a development project which aims at demonstrating that obtaining zero emission for fast commuter vessels exceeding 30 knots is possible.  The different tenders have been evaluated by a reference group of 20 experts with major experience from maritime industries, research institutes, development agencies, and management of fast commuter crafts.

Transportutvikling AS, represented by Mr. Stig Nerdal, is project manager for one of the five consortia. The remaining four consortia are managed by Brødrene Aa, NTNU Technology Transfer/ Flying Foil, Rødne Trafikk and Selfa Arctic.

The working plan is to present a draft solution for zero-emission fast commuter vessels by summer 2019. Concrete drafts for several fast crafts in Trøndelag are to be developed, including specific solutions for construction and propulsion. Likewise, economical and scheduling assessments will be made.

The consortium in which Transportutvikling AS is participating, possess major competence within the fields of fast commuter craft, technology, economics and maritime management.

The consortium counts:

  • Transportutvikling AS, C.E.O. Mr. Stig Nerdal, Master of Commerce
  • Lilloe-Design AS, C.E.O. Mr. Ola Lilloe-Olsen, Civil Engineer
  • Stadt Towing Tank AS, C.E.O. Mr. Vegard A. Larsen, Civil Engineer
  • Profjord AB, Mr. Christer Widmark, Civil Engineer
  • Fosen/Namsos Sjø AS, Mr. Joachim Ofstad Ness, Technical Manager
  • Siemens AS Division Process Industries and Drives

Road development effects E6

Transportutvikling AS did recently complete a project for Statens Vegvesen Region Nord, assessing possible effects of planned road development investments and activities for cargo transports on E6 between Fauske and Narvik/Lødingen.

Governmental conceptual decisions for E6 Fauske – Ballangen have been made, based on KVU and KS1 for E6 Fauske – Mørsvikbotn and Mørsvikbotn – Ballangen.  Similar decisions for E10/RV 85 Evenes – Sortland, connecting Sør-Troms, Vesterålen and Ofoten to E6, have also been made.

Transportutvikling AS has carried out a joint analysis of estimated cargo transport distribution, based on decisions on transport infrastructure changes.

A joint assessment will clarify more issues than single-case analyses, f.i. when it comes to major changes related to transport solutions.  A major question is whether or not reduced transport time comsumption will lead to changes in the cargo distribution systems, in view of improved conditions for the road transport.

Based on the above mentioned alterations of the transport infrastructure, Transportutvikling AS has made estimated quantitative and qualitative assessments of expected changes in the cargo flow on E6 between Narvik/Lødingen and Fauske:

  • related to changes stemming from adopted plans for road development
  • plans for upgrading railways in Norway and Sweden, including the effect of dues
  • plans for giving priority to sea transport

 Transportutvikling AS has, by utilizing own competence, based our assessments on primary information, i.e. information from selected customers/users of transport companies and transport solutions. It is these customers that chiefly exert influence when choosing transport solutions, based on the criteria that they deem important.

This analysis is to be utilized as an initial assessment and as a basis for Statens Vegvesen when deciding whether or not to enter into additional analyses of this E6 improvement issue.

Industrial and trade transports in Finnmark County and Troms County

Transportutvikling AS has been commissioned by Finnmark and Troms County Council in order to produce a project report containing updated knowledge of industrial and trade transports in the Counties, based on 2017-data. This updating relates to similar reports by Transportutvikling AS from  2015, which contained collected data from 2014 and from 2017 which contained collected data from 2016. The updating reveals major changes from 2014 to 2017.

This report contributes to clarifying the effect of these changes on roads, commuter traffic and other transport infrastructure. In addition, the report presents the County Councils with useful basic data to be utilized for giving priorities to activities, allocation of resources and reducing transport cost, which will benefit local industries and businesses, as well as the population in general.

This analysis is part of the basis for the Counties Regional Transport Plan for 2018-29, and the Action Plan for county roads. Furthermore, the report is an useful tool when communicating with the NTP-secretariat, Avinor, the Government and the Parliament.

Transportutvikling AS has evaluated transport volumes related to fisheries and fish farming, consumer goods, agriculture, minerals/heavy industry, and we have also made assessments of volumes of refuse, mail and distribution of petroleum products.

Transportutvikling AS has produced several maps showing road transport volumes for selected industries and players, visualizing transport volumes on different roads and where the total transport loads are heaviest.

Updating CIRCLE K’s Terminal Information Booklets

Transportutvikling AS has, during several years, produced “Terminal Information Booklets” for Statoil’s (now CIRCLE K’s) coastal terminals. These booklets contain terminal information in English, based on the International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals (ISGOTT). The main content comprise port conditions for vessels calling at the terminals, security regulations, bunkering, loading/discharging procedures and capacities, availability of fresh water and stores, etc.

Both external and internal security regulations are gradually being improved. As of now, several terminals demand EX-Charts based on the new regulations EI 15 (Energy Institute, Hazardous area classification). Furthermore, general information, f.i. contact details and PR-profiles, will regularly be subject to alterations, and it is therefore important that these booklets be updated frequently.

Transportutvikling AS has recently updated the booklet for CIRCLE K’s terminal at Kolstadodden in Kristiansand and Fagervika in Trondheim.

Project management and assistance – port cooperation in Lofoten and Vesterålen 2017 and 2018

8 ports in Lofoten and Vesterålen, initiated a project aiming at establishing a well-functioning port cooperation in the region, and seeking solutions for transferring more goods from road to sea.
The cooperating ports are Vågan and Vestvågøy in Lofoten, and Hadsel, Andøy, Øksnes, Lødingen, Sortland and Bø in Vesterålen.

Transportutvikling AS has been charged with the task of managing this process, which also implies several meetings with all parties involved, relevant information and support for the cooperating ports.

The main goal for the project is to “create a constructive cooperation in the region in order to cope with future port challenges, contributing to reducing port dues for port customers and/or simplifying the port dues structure and thus enhancing sea transportation competing ability.”

A two-year maritime development project focusing on the Russian market”

15 Norwegian maritime companies are participating in a two-year development project, which aims at expanding the companies’ business network in Russia, and to developing long-term commercial relations. Another goal is to promote the participating companies in particular, and Norwegian maritime business activities in general. 

Transportutvikling AS is managing the project. 

The following companies participate in this project: 

  • Harstad Mekaniske Verksted AS
  • Løvold Solutions AS
  • Nor Supply Offshore AS
  • Tschudi Shipping Company AS
  • SMV Hydraulik AS
  • Akvaplan-niva AS
  • Vônin REFA AS
  • Havyard Design and Solutions AS
  • Havyard NMC AS
  • Rapp Marine AS
  • Port of Tromsø KF
  • JM Hansen Maritim AS
  • Scana Propulsion AS
  • Mal Proff
  • Norsk Megling og Auksjon AS
  • Transportutvikling AS 

The project duration runs from late 2016 to late 2018, and is partly financed by Innovasjon Norge.

Ports in the Barents Region – a border crossing cooperation

Project financing has been allocated to Transportutvikling AS, in order to carry out a pre-project named “Ports in the Barents Region – a border crossing cooperation”.

The following main project will put focus on establishing a long-term commercial cooperation between ports in the northern parts of Norway and Russia.
Several ports in the north face similar challenges, like limited port capacity and efficiency, a limited number of ship calls and limited cargo volumes, which in turn impedes competition with larger ports and hampers a sustainable development.

The main pre-project goal is to establish a cooperating network consisting of small and medium-sized ports and coastal municipalities. Transportutvikling AS will – to this effect - carry out a preliminary assessment of useful means for port development by facing common challenges and problems by cooperating and sharing experience, marketing issues and training programs through the port network, and assess possibilities for achieving increased cargo volumes and number of passengers transported between the regional ports.

This pre-project is commissioned and financed by Kolarctic Norge.

Process management/professional assistance – assessment of a new coastal shipping route

For several years, transition of goods transport from land to sea has been a major national political goal, mostly due to environmental issues. Maritimt Forum Nord has f.i. stated that “one experience a mismatch between stated political goals and the politician’s will to stand by their own statements and ambitions in this matter”. 

The ports of Tromsø, Lødingen and Bodø have entered into a process for promoting the establishment of a commercial maritime cargo line with its main structure between Bodø and Tromsø. The line will present a maritime lengthening of rail cargo transport on Nordlandsbanen by an efficient intermodal connection, thus establishing a national transport system focusing on North Norway. 

This transport concept is sometimes being called “The North-Norwegian Line”. Before the end of 2013, this line was an approx. 30 year old concept run by the container vessel “Tege” providing a seamless connection with Nordlandsbanen between Oslo and Tromsø/Alta. Due to commercial issues, this line was discontinued ultimo 2013, partly because of the vessel’s age. 

The project activities are managed by Transportutvikling AS, with a distinct intention of focusing on operational and commercial issues.
Scheduling, logistics and organizing will be in focus, as well as an assessment of markets, type and size of vessels, operating systems and motoring technology. 

Major commercial issues such as costs, time, frequency etc. will be pinpointed and calculated, in order to establish and enhance concrete and comprehensive relations with customers and market players.

TU-info November 2017

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