Singapore and Rotterdam ports collaborate to decrease shipping emissions

The ports of Singapore and Rotterdam are joining forces to reduce shipping emissions
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The Green & Digital Shipping Corridor, launched in August 2022, has made progress towards achieving zero or near-zero emissions shipping on the Rotterdam-Singapore route. The corridor brings together global value chain partners, including shipping companies, port authorities, fuel suppliers, banks, and academia, to work towards the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. During the third Green Corridor workshop held in Rotterdam, an agreement was reached to intensify efforts in line with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships.

The corridor’s strategy includes the development and use of zero or near-zero emission fuels in large container ships along the 15,000 km route, along with operational and digital efficiencies. A modeling study conducted by the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero-Carbon Shipping explored alternative fuels, such as synthetic and biovariants of methanol, ammonia, LNG, and hydrogen. The study aimed to determine the most viable pathways for achieving emissions reductions. The corridor partners formed working groups to study the use of these fuels, covering topics such as demand and supply, standards, safety procedures, financing, and legislation.

The workshop in Rotterdam discussed next actions for the different fuel pathways and emphasized the importance of closing the cost gap in adopting sustainable fuels. The partners are committed to combining demand and supply to make sustainable fuels more accessible. The Green & Digital Shipping Corridor has gained significant support over the past year and is taking concrete steps towards reducing emissions in the maritime industry.

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