Collaborating with Norway on sustainable maritime

The Hon. Jo Sletbak, Consul General of the Royal Norwegian Consulate in San Francisco, kicked off our business-to-business summit on sustainable maritime tech innovation on May 4 in Seattle. Norway is the world leader in sustainable maritime technology and innovation.

“We are looking forward to building a collaborative partnership between the Norwegian Maritime Clean Tech and our growing Washington Maritime Blue clusters.  As we develop into a center of excellent for maritime innovation these types of relationships are critical for knowledge and tech transfer for growth,” said Gov. Inslee’s Maritime Sector Lead Joshua Berger..

The summit culminated two days of activities focused on Washington Maritime Blue, our state’s vision for developing a leading clean ocean industry, to include an electric hybrid ferry fleet. 

Local news covered the official Norwegian state delegation events prior to Commerce’s summit. Amy Scarton, Director of Washington State Ferries, hosted VIPs including the Hon. Kare Aas, ambassador to the U.S., for a tour of a Jumbo Mark II vessel identified for hybrid conversion.

Washington State Ferries plans to convert its biggest vessels to electric power (Seattle Times)

Norwegian Delegation Tours Wash. Ferry To See Plans For Hybrid-Electric Conversion (KNKX)

State looks to Norway for guidance on converting ferries to hybrid-electric (KIRO)

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