First-moving ports in Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea start an ambitious real climate action partnership with the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping.
he ports will build the foundation of the new European Green Corridors Network, which in its initial phase is set to establish green corridors in Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea.
The Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping begins this initiative with the Port Authorities of Gdynia, Hamburg, Roenne, Rotterdam, and Tallinn.
The project will demonstrate the early commercialization of alternative fuel supply chains and provide a roadmap to scaling the supply chains and create a blueprint for rolling out green corridors in other locations. To achieve this, a phased approach has been planned:
- Pre-feasibility: Identify the potential routes, vessel types and fuels to establish high impact green corridors in the region.
- Feasibility: Assess the technical, regulatory & commercial feasibility of the shortlisted routes.
- Implementation: Implement the vision and establish green corridors in Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea.
Additional public and private stakeholders will come onboard along the way, activating the full value chain needed to realize the vision.
Developing green corridors are instrumental in activating industry first-movers across the value chain, and this project can be used as industry references to develop blueprints for new business models and identify the maritime industry’s interdependencies
Bo Cerup-Simonsen, CEO of the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, said, with Jens Meier, CEO of the Hamburg Port Authority, adding that the “goal is to push measures for decarbonization – not only within Hamburg but also beyond. Therefore, we engage for the use of alternative fuels in the port area as well as at sea.”
It’s essential that shipping lines take the initiative to decarbonize their businesses, and that the ports assist them, for instance by making sure the right bunker infrastructure and regulations are in place in time. We will do what we can to make this European Green Corridors Network a success
Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam, concluded.
To accelerate the maritime decarbonization journey, the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping teamed up with Maersk Broker Advisory Services and McKinsey & Company to offer data-based advisory services on decarbonization pathways.
The service called ‘Fleet Decarbonization Optimizer’ combines industry knowledge and techno-economic analytical capabilities across the three parties and together they model decarbonization pathways taking data points like fleet size, fleet age, vessel specifics and types of operations into consideration.