Aid scheme for short sea shipping

The Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) administrates the scheme of behalf of the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

The objective of the scheme is to encourage the modal shift of freight from road to water by granting aid to new, or in exceptional circumstances existing, coastal or short sea services provided that they avoid lorry journeys on Norwegian roads and generate environmental and wider social benefits within Norway.

Grants may be awarded to ship-owners to launch new shortsea shipping services, or, in exceptional circumstances to existing services, provided they transfer freight from Norwegian roads to sea.

Ship-owners seeking grants must be established in the EEA area, having ships registered under the flag of an EEA country may apply for aid.

The application round for 2020 is now open for new applicants. In the meny you can find information about how to apply, as well as the guidelines for the scheme and application guide.

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Aid scheme for short sea shipping

Grant applications should be submitted using the Norwegian Coastal Administration’s application form available in Altinn. Should you require an alternative submission, please contact the grant manager. 

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