The Port of Tromsø shall facilitate maritime business development and push for the green maritime shift in the north. By doing this, we will live up to our ambition vision: Creating the Arctic future.

The sea route is the environmental route

Our most important environmental and social contribution is to facilitate safe, sustainable and competitive maritime transport.

There is increased attention in Norway and Europe on the transport sector’s responsibility to reduce its greenhouse emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement. The Port of Tromsø is now developing and facilitating efficient and future-oriented cargo handling at the Breivika port area. Our overall goal is transferring more cargo from road to sea.

In addition to other sailing routes, the start-up of a shipping route within Northern Norway is planned by May 2022. It is expected that with three weekly calls to Tromsø, 13–15,000 containers per year will be moved from road to sea on the stretch between Tromsø and Bodø.

The transfer of cargo from road to sea will reduce environmentally harmful emissions, improve road safety and reduce road wear and tear and maintenance costs. The sea route is the environmental route and is always open!

The port as a green energy hub

In addition to being a logistics hub, we will contribute to developing Tromsø into an energy hub. Along with Troms Kraft, we have established the company Fjuel to electrify the port. Some facilities are already in place and others are in the engineering phase. The goal is that in the course of 2022 we will also be able to offer electricity to cruise ships docked in downtown Tromsø.

The ports of the future are leaders when it comes to energy. Together with Fjuel, we are considering the possibility of offering other forms of green energy.

Energy consumption at our properties

When we develop our properties, we have major focus on energy consumption. The port terminal in downtown Tromsø is a public transport hub for travellers to and from the region. The terminal building and associated square and quay structure are all heated via a heating network utilising a seawater-based heat pump.

In collaboration with the Arctic Centre for Sustainable Energy (ARC) at UiT-The Arctic University of Norway, the Port of Tromsø is looking at opportunities port for solar energy to be used at the to supply electricity to buildings, vehicles and ships.

Waste

The Port of Tromsø has had approved waste management plans since 2005. Large volumes of solid and liquid waste are delivered to our quays annually.

In collaboration with the Centre for the Ocean and the Arctic and other actors, the Port of Tromsø is looking at the possibility of circular economy-based treatment of biowaste and marine plastic waste.

A clean sea is important and in 2011 the Port of Tromsø completed Norway’s largest sea-based environmental project, Rent Tromsøysund (Clean Tromsø Strait). Contaminated sediments from the seabed were dredged up and are stored in sealed cells that form the foundation for the port terminal and the quay structure in downtown Tromsø.

Archaeological excavations at Grøtsund

Archaeological excavations were carried out during the development of the port area at Grøtsund. Exciting discoveries were made that testify to a rich life at Tønsnes as far back as 11,000 years BC.