ESL Shipping, a leading carrier of dry bulk cargo in the Baltics, will be the first customer for the Botnia Link H2 hydrogen project. The company said it will be a stakeholder in the project as the next step in its efforts to reduce its operations. Botnia was launched in April 2021 as an international initiative to build a large-scale hydrogen economy around the Gulf of Bothnia and the Baltic Sea. It acts as an umbrella brand and collaboration platform for hydrogen-related initiatives. Led by CLIC Innovation in Finland, it will be used to facilitate communication between projects and promote hydrogen-related technology and production in the area.One of the first projects launched under the umbrella organization is Botnia Link H2, a collaborative project between the energy company Uniper, ABB, Luleå Energi and the Port of Luleå located at the Gulf of Bothnia in northern Sweden. The plan is to build a large-scale electrolysis plant that would primarily supply the marine sector with fossil-free hydrogen but could also be used for other industrial companies. In addition to hydrogen production, other projects focus on developing an infrastructure for storage and distribution in the area around the port of Luleå. Other companies have announced plans to develop industrial operations, including a fossil-free green steel plant in Luleå.By joining the project, ESL Shipping will be the first stakeholder on the customer side of Botnia Link H2. According to the companies, the entire value chain for stakeholders is now covered with ESL Shipping on board.