Five European ports join Maersk Center to launch Green Corridor

Five northern European ports will take the initiative to establish a green corridor (File photo from Rotterdam)

Published on March 30, 2022 19:06 by

The Maritime Executive

Five port authorities in Northern Europe have announced that they are partnering with the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping to lay the foundations for a Green Corridor serving Northern Europe and the Baltic. The concept which was presented at COP-26 in Glasgow in November 2021 calls for cooperation between ports, shipping companies and others to encourage routes that would support the development of net zero propulsion technology and the necessary infrastructure to the transition to green fuels.

The Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping said it would launch the ambitious initiative with the port authorities of Gdynia, Hamburg, Roenne, Rotterdam and Tallinn. The project is designed to demonstrate the early commercialization of alternative fuel supply chains and provide a roadmap for scaling up supply chains and create a plan for rolling out green corridors in other locations. .

“This is an essential step towards accelerating the decarbonisation of the shipping industry and achieving the EU’s climate ambitions for 2030,” said Bo Cerup-Simonsen, CEO of the centre. “The development of green corridors is instrumental in activating industry pioneers along the value chain, and this project can be used as an industry benchmark to develop plans for new business models. and identify maritime industry interdependencies. We hope this project will also help facilitate the important work on maritime standards within the EU and IMO. »

To lay the foundations for a new European network of green corridors, the partner plans to start pre-feasibility work by identifying potential routes, vessel types and fuels to establish high-impact green corridors in the region. Once the first phase is completed, they will assess the technical, regulatory and commercial feasibility of the pre-selected routes to implement their vision and establish green corridors in Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea.

“Until recently, the maritime sector was the only transport sector in the EU not to be subject to targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” explains Valdo Kalm, CEO of the Port of Tallinn. “We all need to work together to reduce CO2 emissions. To achieve decarbonization of the maritime sector, zero-emission fuels and ships must be deployed at scale over the next decade. This is undoubtedly a difficult task, but it can be facilitated by the formation of green corridors in which the main ports supply the necessary carbon-free fuels at the scale required for bunkering.

To accelerate the development of viable technologies, port leaders agree that a coordinated effort in applied research is needed across the entire supply chain. They pledged to work with the center to lead the achievement of the goals set at COP-26 and advance green corridors. At the conference, Germany and the Netherlands said they were already working on establishing a green corridor for inland navigation while each of the ports pursues its own green plans. They seek to work together as part of the new initiative to advance the offshore shipping effort in the region and will seek other public and private actors to join the European project as it progresses.

“It is essential that shipping companies take the lead in decarbonising their operations and that ports assist them, for example by ensuring that the bunkering infrastructure and the appropriate regulations are in place in time,” said Allard Castelein. , CEO of the Port Authority of Rotterdam. .

The Northern Europe project follows the announcement of a partnership between cities, ports, shipping lines and cargo owners to create the first green shipping corridor between Shanghai and Los Angeles. The project, which includes shipping majors Maersk, CMA CGM and COSCO Shipping Lines, provides a plan by the end of 2022 and the start of the transition to zero-carbon fuel vessels by 2030 for commercial shipping. on one of the busiest shipping routes in the world.

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