ZeroKyst logo and Værøy municipality logo
ZeroKyst logo and Værøy municipality logo

ZeroKyst meets fishermen in Røst and Værøy

ZeroKyst, in collaboration with the Lofoten Council and the regional initiative Lofoten the Green Islands 2030 had two productive days in Røst and Værøy on 8-9 September 2022. The objective was to give information about the ZeroKyst project, and get input from fishermen, businesses and municipalities for the continued work towards decarbonisation of the fisheries and aquaculture industries.

Participants from the ZeroKyst project were Erik Ianssen, from Selfa Arctic/Hymatech, Randi Lervik, from Lofotkraft Muligheter, Svein-Joar Husjord, from grid company Elmea, Roger Abrahamsen, from Ballstad slip and Kurt Atle Hansen, from Flakstad Municipality. Also present were climate consultant Ingrid Slungaard Myklebust and programme leader Laura Johanne Olsen from the Lofoten Council.

In beautiful autumnal weather, participants got two days of information and dialogue around the topic: "Low-carbon coastal fishing – from theory to practice".

In Røst, we first met municipality and industry representatives who have a stake in the harbour, such as fishermen and tourism businesses. First, there was a presentation about the various subprojects of ZeroKyst that are being worked on in the Lofoten archipelago. Then, there was a good discussion about how a "green harbour" can be developed in the long term, with better electricity supply from land and smart charging facilities for fishing vessels and road vehicles. During the evening, there was a meeting and dialogue at Fiskarheimen, with the fishermen of øst.

In Værøy, both the municipality and the Lofoten Council were hosting the meeting. Erik Ianssen presented the ZeroKyst project, Roger Abrahamsen gave details about lofotsjark nr 2: the first vessel of its kind with hybrid-electric propulsion. Afterwards, Svein-Joar Husjord and Randi Lervik held a presentation about the work related to power from land and charging at the harbour. Kurt Atle Hansen gave information about the Flakstad municipality's climate project, which has gathered, together with SINTEF, data about energy use and climate emissions from the current fishing fleet.

Before the meeting, we got an interesting tour about local history in Værøy.

ZeroKyst is a national flagship project for the energy transition of the coastal fleet. Three of the project partners are from Lofoten: Ballstad Slip, Lofotkraft and Flakstad kommune.

They will work in the Lofoten area to develop charging facilities in the harbours, starting in Flakstad. In addition, Ballstad slip will retrofit 8 existing fishing vessels with low-emission, hybrid-electric technology. Two other vessels will be made zero-emissions (with batteries and hydrogen). The first hybrid vessel will be delivered before Christmas of 2022.

There have been more meetings with fishermen to inform about ZeroKyst, answer questions and gather input. A healthy dose of skepticism towards new technology is understandable, and we see information sharing and dialogue about solutions as important parts of the process.

The fishing industry is also looking for a transition to lower exploitation costs, better work conditions and reduced climate emissions. The result can give a market advantage and help recruitment. In this sense, the evolution constitutes a good strategy for the future.

Comments on the charging point, and much valuable input from fishermen both during and after the meeting.
A satisfied group of presenters after two productive days in Røst and Værøy.