The news comes by the Port of Rotterdam Authority, which became a member of the new Future Fuels Network, by virtually signing the memorandom of cooperation at the Singapore International Bunkering Conference and Exhibition (SIBCON).

In collaboration with the port organizations of Singapore and Japan, the Port of Rotterdam Authority will work on a roadmap for the adoption of clean marine fuels. Next to research and development, parties will collaborate on possible joint bunkering pilot runs with identified shipping lines to support the decarbonization of the shipping industry.

We live in extraordinary and pressing times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is also the moment to re-think our future and ensure we undertake proper measures that both address global warming and the global economic downturn,

...commented Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.

Castelein described the Future Fuels Port Network “as an example of how ports around the world can make a significant contribution in advancing decarbonization of the global maritime sector."

We can make a tangible difference with a clear roadmap and developing new infrastructure to enable supply and use of low-carbon and clean marine fuels.

The issue of decarbonization was high on the agenda of the latest Global Maritime Issues Monitor 2020 report. The report showed that, regardless of the pandemic, climate issues remain a top priority and increase in rankings of impact, likelihood, and preparedness for shipping industry in the next 10 years.