The ZVT Process

With the overview below we have tried to simplify the ZVT process, even though there almost never exists a simple straight-forward way when working with a process of change. However, ZVT starting point is a constant: it always starts with searching for a safe, environmentally and energy efficient solution for transport at sea. It can be a solution to a new technology use, bunker handling, port reception issue, risk handling and sharing, environmental measurements or new regulations, just to mention a few.

To use the ZVT method you have to establish a working group, a Joint Industry Project (JIP), comprising different types of industry partners (like a shipowner, port, cargo owner, supplier, etc). This is so in order for the group to be able to search for the solution from five identified perspectives, namely Vessel, Infrastructure, Finance, Regulation, R&D. The same requirement applies for Joint University Projects (JUP) and Joint Authority Projects (JAP).

Since we are working with change, we all need help/support once in a while. In order to get the support needed, we need to explain why, as well as point to the situations that are at hand. Having relevant information and understanding of the issue, the respondent thus would be able to take that concrete issue further and/or offer a solution. Four times per year all the JIP/JUP/JAP report progress and status to ZVT Reference Group, ZVTREF, to get the exchange of solution knowledge between authority and industry/academia.

The exchange of knowledge and information dissemination, are also an important part of the process - both between the projects and with other stakeholders. At this website you can find more information about ZVT projects, some of the events we are holding/ participating in as well as radio interviews (Almedal, GotMoS) on topics important to the platform stakeholders.

So, we are working with change, a change towards a safer, more environmentally and energy efficient transport at sea. You might say that's fine. We, however, would like to go further than that and to show what the benefits to the industry, society and, of course, to the sea actually are. Representatives from ZVT are therefore also participating within the Roadmap for Green Technology and Alternative Fuels in Shipping, the HELCOM Maritime subgroup, and the Motorways of the Sea to further collaborate on the issues raised. A new JUP is also working on calculating the benefits of what the safety, environmental and energy efficiency improvements that all the JIPs implement, are worth. Nothing would be possible without the hard work and investments of all the participants, nor without the EU Motorways of the Sea co-funding of the industry projects and Swedish Maritime Administration's crucial support of the ZVT administration and communication.