Shipping heavyweights set up marine decarbonisation centre

A not-for-profit research establishment – the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping – is to be established in Copenhagen to research new ways of advancing decarbonisation in shipping. The founding partners are ABS, A.P.Moller-Maersk, Cargill, MAN Energy Solutions, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, NYK Lines and Siemens.

Kicked off with a DKK 400 million donation from the A.P.Moller Foundation, the research centre will be set up as a commercial foundation with a charitable purpose, working across the entire shipping sector with industry, academia and authorities. A multi-disciplinary team will collaborate to identify decarbonisation pathways, decide on the development of certain decarbonising fuels and power technologies, and coordinate the establishment of the necessary regulatory, financial and commercial framework to enable the transition.

Brian Østergaard Sørensen, vice president and head of R&D Two-Stroke Business at MAN Energy Solutions, said: “Decarbonisation will be one of the largest transitions that we will see within the maritime industry for years and requires a holistic approach looking at the complete supply chain from well to wake. No technology or company can do this alone which is why we need to join forces across the supply chain to meet this challenge. While two-stroke engine technology will likely remain the prime mover for deep-sea shipping, cleaner fuels will play a larger role in the future.”

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