Do you want to take part in a small thought experiment, asks harbor director Ingvar M. Mathisen.
Imagine that you invite us who work in the Port of Oslo home. Ask us to carry out everything that has come by sea to Oslo. Feel how it feels when we have to carry out the coffee, the washing machine and winter clothes. When we empty the food cupboards for spices and coffee, as well as fill the carrier bags with bananas and melons, you may know that the toy has gone too far. We should rather empty the wine cabinet. Finally, we take the new e-golf with you and drive off.
The ships that come to Oslo with goods from all over the world ensure that those who live in the city – and Eastern Norway – get what they need to live a good life. Therefore, it is interesting to do this thought experiment. It illustrates what we lose if the goods do not arrive in port.
We who live in the municipality own the harbor
Oslo municipality owns the harbor, in other words we who live in the municipality. It’s our port, and it’s our life the port supplies goods we want.
A new government quarter is now being built in the middle of Oslo. Cement and sand come in by ship to port. It is mixed into concrete, which runs straight to the construction site. The tour is about five kilometers. It is stupid to carry this on the roads from e.g. ports in Drammen or Moss. Many trucks with concrete are needed to build a government quarter – and build Oslo. With a port close to the city, there will be short distances, less traffic on the roads and less harmful emissions.
400 trailers disappear per. container boat
Did you know that for every container boat that arrives at the port, 400 semi-trailers disappear from the roads? That equates to 10 kilometers of queuing. Therefore, we must get more goods to travel by sea. It’s that simple, because the sea route is the environmental route and the decision to achieve the global climate goals. Almost everything that comes by sea to Oslo can also be transported by road, but do we want this? The Port of Oslo is working to get 50 percent more goods to travel by sea. It is a good climate and environmental measure.
Working to realize environmentally friendly vision
The harbor supplies the city and therefore it should be located in the city. In addition, the harbor is environmentally friendly and itself. All the Port of Oslo’s cars are now electric. It is also the boat Pelikan II, which picks up rubbish in the harbor basin. The ferries from Copenhagen and Kiel are on shore power. The cement boats will get shore power soon. Every day, we work to realize the vision: The Port of Oslo – the world’s most efficient and environmentally friendly port close to the city.