Announcements

Green Shipping Challenge at COP27

Participants and Announcements
7 November 2022 | Sharm el-Sheikh | Egypt

Participants

Countries, ports, and companies made more than 40 announcements under the Green Shipping Challenge at COP27. Scroll to the announcements section to learn more details.

  • A.P. Moller–Maersk: Maersk Signs a General Protocol for Collaboration with the Spanish Government to Explore Large-Scale Green Fuels Production in Spain 
  • Amazon: Cargo Owners Send Clear Demand Signals for Zero Emission Ocean Shipping
  • American Bureau of Shipping (ABS): ABS Publication of “Green Shipping Corridors: Leveraging Synergies”
  • Australia: Australia-Singapore Cooperation on Green Shipping Corridors
  • Belgium: Belgium and Namibia Joining Forces in the First Green Hydrogen Production Plant in the African Continent
  • Belgium: Green Corridor Between Belgium and Sweden in a Very Advanced Stage
  • Blue Sky Maritime Coalition and American Bureau of Shipping: Gulf of Mexico Green Shipping Corridor 
  • Canada: Canada’s Advancements on Green Shipping. 
  • Chile: The Chilean Green Corridors Network Pre-Feasibility Study and the General Strategy of Maritime Administration to Effectively Implement IMO Instruments
  • Cyprus: Cyprus Tonnage Tax System: Reduction of Tonnage Tax as per Environmental Incentives
  • Denmark: Catalyst for Change—From Local to Global Green Shipping  
  • DP World: DP World Commits to CO2 Reduction and Takes On the Green Shipping Challenge
  • Finland and Fintraffic Vessel Services: Port Activity App Boosts the Efficiency of the Entire Logistics Chain and Supports Reducing Emissions
  • Finland and Siili Solutions in Conjunction with Fintraffic Vessel Traffic Services: Virtual Port Arrival, Sustainable and Efficient Shipping Through Data-Focused Collaboration and Information Sharing
  • Finland, Meriaura, Green NortH2, and Wärtsilä: Cargo Vessel Operated on Green Ammonia, Including E-Fuel Production
  • Finland, Rauma Marine Constructions, Viking Line, and Kempower: Scalable Green Maritime Transport Corridor Based on Locally Produced Renewable Fuel
  • Germany: Climate Neutral Ships 
  • Germany: Developing the Pathway for Zero Emission Shipping at the DLR Institute for Maritime Energy Systems
  • Greece: Commits to Reducing Emissions at Six Major Ports Through Operational Efficiencies, On-shore Power Supply Systems, and Deployment of Renewable Energy Sources
  • Greece: Will Develop an Action Plan to Decarbonize the Domestic Coastal Ferry Fleet Operating Under Public Service Contract and Launch the First Hybrid Ferry in Greece
  • Greece: Joins the Declaration on Zero Emission Shipping by 2050
  • Green Hydrogen Producers and Green Shipping Leaders: Joint Statement on Green Hydrogen for Shipping
  • Green Shipping Programme (GSP): GSP to Develop and Deploy Ammonia as a Fuel for Shipping
  • International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH): Clean Energy Maritime Hubs Platform—Getting Maritime Ready to Unlock the Energy Transition
  • Republic of Korea: Collaboration on Green Shipping Corridors 
  • Liberia: Liberia, Taking the Lead in Green Shipping Initiatives and Solutions to Shipowners
  • Lloyd’s Register Group Limited: Silk Alliance Identifies Its First Baseline Fleet for Singapore Cluster and Calls for Further Collaborators
  • Lloyd’s Register Group Limited: Zero Ready Framework Provides Shipping with Clarity Over Zero Carbon Readiness and Calls for Commitments
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Singapore Green & Digital Shipping Corridor: Commencement of Discussions for Los Angeles-Long Beach-Singapore Green & Digital Shipping Corridor
  • Los Angeles-Shanghai Green Shipping Corridor Partnership: Los Angeles-Shanghai Green Shipping Corridor Partnership and Implementation Plan 
  • Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping: Blueprint for Green Corridors Pre-Feasibility Studies 
  • Maldives: Scaling Up Low Carbon Technologies in the Transport Sector
  • Netherlands: Launching Customership for Sustainable Zero Emission Ships
  • Northwest Seaport Alliance: Toward a Zero-Emission Cargo Gateway in Seattle-Tacoma
  • Norway: Norway’s Enhanced Domestic Actions Towards Zero Emission Shipping 
  • Norway: Norway’s Enhanced International Actions Towards Zero Emission Shipping 
  • Norwegian Maritime Partners: Cooperation Obligation to Reach the Zero Emissions Goal from Maritime Industry, Shipping Associations Classification Societies and Finance
  • Port of Seattle: The Alaska British Columbia Washington Green Cruise Corridor is Underway
  • Portugal: Enhancing Portugal’s Zero-Emission Fleet
  • Serbia: Group for Maritime Navigation 
  • Transoceanic Wind Transport (TOWT): TOWT to Launch a Fleet of 200 Drastically Decarbonizing Sailing Cargo Ships by 2035
  • United Kingdom: UK Joins Forces with the United States, Norway, and the Netherlands to Roll Out End-to-End Green Shipping Corridors 
  • United States: Facilitating Green Shipping Corridors Worldwide
  • United States: Facilitating U.S. Green Shipping Corridors
  • United States: Creating a U.S. National Action Plan for Maritime Decarbonization
  • Zéphyr & Borée: The First Fleet of Sailing Container Ships in the World 

Announcements

At COP27, countries, ports, and companies made announcements under the Green Shipping Challenge on issues such as innovations for ships, expansion in low- or zero-emission fuels, development and advancement of green shipping corridors, and policies to help promote the uptake of next-generation vessels. Descriptions of these announcements are below.

  • A.P. Moller–Maersk: Maersk Signs a General Protocol for Collaboration with the Spanish Government to Explore Large-Scale Green Fuels Production in Spain
    A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) and the Spanish Government have signed a General Protocol for Collaboration to explore the opportunities for large-scale green fuels production in Spain. Signing the Protocol marks a significant milestone of the collaboration that if implemented in full could deliver up to 2 mil. tons of green fuels per year. The project aims to explore the feasibility on how to cover the full value chain from renewable energy sources to bunkering of vessels. The parties are reviewing production opportunities in the regions Andalusia and Galicia. The project overall has an estimated potential to generate up to around 85.000 jobs including construction and temporary positions. The availability of green energy and fuels in sufficient quantities and at cost competitive price levels remains the main challenge for the decarbonization of global shipping. Maersk alone needs approximately 6 mil. tons of green methanol per year to reach its 2030 milestone fleet emissions target and even larger amounts by 2040 for its entire fleet to reach net zero. Operating a large fleet of container vessels, Maersk acknowledge that is part of the climate problem, and has made the choice to take active part in shaping the solutions to secure a green and just transition enabling the global shipping industry to deliver on the Paris Agreement and Maersk to achieve its 2040 net-zero target. To achieve those goals, Maersk aims at collaborating with partners who are actively looking at green solutions for the future. The 19 vessels capable of running on green methanol that Maersk will put in operation during 2023-2025 will require approx. 750.000 tonnes of green methanol. Earlier in 2022, Maersk leaped forward its decarbonization goal in a decade-from 2050 to 2040; setting concrete interim targets to get there and already engaging in strategic partnerships across the globe with governments like Egypt and global leading companies of all sizes – Ørsted, European Energy, Pronam, Wasteful, CIMC ENRIC, Green Technology Bank – to scale the production of green methanol already by 2025.
  • Amazon: Cargo Owners Send Clear Demand Signals for Zero Emission Ocean Shipping
    At Amazon, we have been clear that we are committed to accelerating the adoption of new solutions that are going to help us decarbonize our ocean shipping. We have, for example, signaled our demand for zero-carbon services and fuels to the value chain through founding partnerships such the First Movers Coalition and Cargo Owners for Zero Emission Vessels (coZEV), establishing a demand for decarbonized ocean shipping by 2040. Toward such 2040 goals, our current work includes the purchase of bio-based fuel service to help reduce carbon emissions now. We have also invested in technologies that are needed for longer-term, zero-emission solutions through our $2B Climate Pledge Fund. This includes Amogy, a startup that’s developing an ammonia-to-power system that may eventually power a cargo ship.
  • American Bureau of Shipping (ABS): ABS Publication of “Green Shipping Corridors: Leveraging Synergies”
    ABS has published this important guidance document to help government, industry, and other stakeholders work together to define and develop effective Green Shipping Corridors. The publication explores definitions and frameworks for Green Shipping Corridors; addresses the foundational elements of effective Corridors; explains important concepts for emissions scope, boundaries, and metrics; and highlights the role of independent verification and validation of performance.
  • Australia: Australia-Singapore Cooperation on Green Shipping Corridors
    Australia has signed a first-of-its-kind Green Economy Agreement with Singapore, which allows us to work together on practical issues across several areas of cooperation to support and accelerate our transition to net zero emissions. The agreement includes a specific initiative to cooperate on green shipping, and focus our joint efforts to accelerate implementation and promotion of technologies for decarbonising shipping. This initiative aims to establish the business / government / research partnerships required to implement green shipping corridors as a tangible outcome of technology development, deployment, assessment and information sharing. Areas of collaboration could include inter alia decarbonisation of operations at sea and at ports, assessing routes, alternative fuel use and bunkering, and infrastructure requirements. This adds to a $30 million Australian–Singapore partnership to accelerate the deployment of low emissions fuels and technologies like clean hydrogen to reduce emissions in maritime and port operations.
    Key indicators: Establish ongoing partnerships with industry for ongoing real-world implementation of green shipping corridors and the green shipping value chain with Singapore and Australia to provide a best practice example and lessons learnt report to the Clydebank Declaration Secretariat.
  • Belgium: Belgium and Namibia Joining Forces in the First Green Hydrogen Production Plant in the African Continent
    Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group from Namibia and CMB.TECH from Belgium jointly launched Namibia’s first green hydrogen production plant. The plant, a demonstration hub for hydrogen applications, is planned to be running at the end of 2023. The aim is to produce green hydrogen from solar power and distribute the clean fuel, including to the shipping sector. Joining hydrogen and industrial know how from Belgium with the Namibian expertise in the development of renewable energy parks in the country, enables knowledge transfer, creates job opportunities and economic growth and drives further research, including collaboration with the University of Namibia. Depending on the results of the demonstration plant, a larger scale production plant will follow in a second phase, possibly using ammonia as transport fuel.
  • Belgium: Green Corridor Between Belgium and Sweden in a Very Advanced Stage
    The green corridor between North Sea Port and Port of Gothenburg is already at a very advanced stage as all partners involved, the ports, the shipping company and the energy supplier, are already identified and committed to reach the objectives. Both ports are making necessary adaptations to infrastructure, by realizing an alternative fuels value chain with local production, import and storage of green fuels and by facilitating bunkering regulations. They are as well committed to further incentivise the use of this green corridor by giving further discount on port dues for green vessels and those using cleaner fuels. It is already considered to extend this sustainable development project on the whole logistic chain and in particular on onshore activities.
  • Blue Sky Maritime Coalition (BSMC) and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS): Gulf of Mexico Green Shipping Corridor
    BSMC and ABS are joining with core partners at the Ports of Houston and New Orleans, the Center for Houston’s Future, and Greater New Orleans Inc to engage a broad range of regional stakeholders in the development of a Green Shipping Corridor for the Gulf of Mexico. The focus will be on maritime operations from Houston to New Orleans and up the lower end of the Mississippi River. The stakeholders will develop a future vision of decarbonized maritime options; set short-term and longer-term goals/objectives; define and develop specific implementation projects; pursue funding opportunities to accelerate decarbonization progress; and measure emissions performance over time. The project will address not only the physical aspects of decarbonization maritime operations, but also the digital aspects of modeling and optimizing operations for reduced emissions with operational efficiencies, electrification, alternative fuels, etc. Existing core partner education and outreach programs will support workforce development and DEI objectives.
    Key indicators: Net zero operations ahead of 2050 with more specific nearer-term goals by types of operations and cargo flows to be determined by the stakeholders through the Green Shipping Corridor development process.
  • Canada: Canada’s Advancements on Green Shipping
    Canada will announce and publicly release Canada’s Green Shipping Corridors Framework and make a statement to underline Canada’s support for the U.S. and Norwegian Green Shipping Challenge. During the Green Shipping Challenge, the U.S. and Canada will jointly announce the launch of the Great Lakes/Saint Lawrence Seaway Green Shipping Corridor Network Initiative. Canada will also announce the recent pledge to support the Zero-Emission Shipping Mission under Mission Innovation.
    Key indicators: On November 10, 2021, Canada signed the Clydebank Declaration committing to support the establishment of green shipping corridors – zero-emission maritime routes between 2 (or more) ports. Specific key performance indicators for marine decarbonization efforts are being developed; however, they will include the launch of demonstration projects to be deployed, estimated greenhouse gas emission to be avoided, etc.
  • Chile: The Chilean Green Corridors Network Pre-Feasibility Study and the General Strategy of Maritime Administration to Effectively Implement IMO Instruments
    The Ministry of Energy work with the the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping to develop a Pre-feasibility Study with the objective to analyze the potential of generating alternative fuels at a low cost that can be used for the decarbonization of global shipping. This effort is under the framework of the Clydebank Declaration that Chile subscribed in 2021, which main objective is to develop green maritime corridors. With this Pre-feasibility Study the government will continue its efforts to advance to those corridors. Next steps are to develop a feasibility for two selected corridors and coordinate the private and public sector to advance in this initiative. In that line, the Memorandums of Understanding the Ministry of Energy Subscribed with different ports will give technical and/or regulatory support for the creation of green shipping corridors; particularly in the development of port infrastructure related to hydrogen carriers, such as ammonia and liquid hydrogen, including export, import, inland pipelines, and reconversion technology infrastructure,; the standards, regulation and capabilities for safe storage, handling, and loading of hydrogen in ports; as well as exchange on future shipping technologies ports infrastructure, among others. As part of the work Chile is doing, the General Strategy considers a strategic objective “to protect the sustainability of resources and preserve the marine environment”, including an action plans, which establishes the need to ensure the implementation of measures to reduce GHG emissions from ships. To that end, the action considers: (1) training for Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) in all the documents necessary to fulfill the requirements provided in Annex VI of MARPOL, such as the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) and the notification of fuel consumption note (BDN) among other; (2) Updating PSCO in the new requirements that can apply in Annex VI; (3) deliver information and guidance to shipowners on the measures and documents they need to fulfill for MARPOL – Annex VI; (4) the use of a digital program called “System of Ships Inspections” to facilitate the recopilation of data and manage it as on-line system.
    Key indicators: For the Chilean Green Corridors Network: (1) Feasibility Study developed and (2) Public-Private Roundtable conformed and operating. For the General Strategy: (1) Number of MARPOL Annex IV observations detected by PSCOs on domestic and foreign vessels (annually); (2) Number of PSCOs trained in the amendment to Annex VI of MARPOL (annually); and (3) Number of guidelines developed to its implementation (annually).
  • Cyprus: Cyprus Tonnage Tax System: Reduction of Tonnage Tax as per Environmental Incentives
    The Shipping Deputy Ministry (SDM) already announced Environmental Incentives. The incentives are divided into 3 categories, TECHNICAL / OPERATIONAL and INNOVATIVE MEASURES. Under the technical measures are the incentives which are related to EEDI, under the operational measures is the incentive related to IMO DCS and under the innovative measures the vessels that consumes alternative fuels. For all the above measures there are in place certain provisions in order to select the eligible ships. The environmental incentive scheme that already published by Cyprus Flag State Administration and entered in force 2022 is a dynamic process subject to continuous update and revision in conjunction with the existing global regulatory framework pertaining to the decarbonisation of shipping. The SDM commits that the scheme is periodically reviewed and amended, taking into the consideration new regulations entered in force during forthcoming years both at International and Regional Level. This Scheme is extremely valuable in the current transitional period as it incentivizes the shipping industry to engage and reduce its environmental footprint on of tonnage tax as per environmental incentives.
  • Denmark: Catalyst for Change—From Local to Global Green Shipping
    Denmark will contribute to the development of international green corridors and zero emission shipping by linking policy commitments to national, regional and global initiatives that can be replicated at scale. Denmark’s support consists of four interlinked elements: a) policy commitment to: zero emission shipping by 2050, the Nordic vision on green ferry routes by 2030 and the Clydebank declaration on green corridors; b) development of a national action plan for Danish green corridors; c) participation in the Nordic Roadmap for the introduction of sustainable zero-carbon fuels in shipping and d) support for the Zero-Emission Shipping Mission’s “Blueprint for Future Ports program”, which will develop a blueprint for fully operational and commercially ready zero emission ports in the 2030s.
  • DP World: DP World Commits to CO2 Reduction and Takes On the Green Shipping Challenge 
    Global provider of smart end-to-end supply chain logistics plans to invest up to $500 million across its business to cut CO2 emissions by nearly 700,000 tonnes over the next five years
    DP World Chairman virtually addressed delegates at the World Leaders Summit at COP 27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, highlighting solutions such as electrifying its global fleet of diesel assets and exploring alternative fuels

    Sharm El-Sheikh (Egypt) & Dubai (UAE) – 07 November 2022: DP World Chairman and Group CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem announced the company intends to invest up to $500 million to cut CO2 emissions from its operations by nearly 700,000 tonnes over the next five years.
    The announcement was made as Bin Sulayem addressed delegates at the UN Climate Conference (COP 27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt today by video. He also reinforced DP World’s commitment to sustainability by taking on the Green Shipping Challenge (GSC).
    Launched earlier this year by US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Change John Kerry and Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, the challenge encourages countries, ports, companies, and other actors in the shipping value chain to come forward with concrete announcements to further ocean-based climate actions.
    “Global trade has been an enormous force for good, keeping our world connected and lifting millions out of poverty over the last few decades. But this growth is not without consequences – from the scale of energy required to make, move and use goods to the resource intensity of logistics and the challenges economic growth can bring. As a leading enabler of global trade, we have the tools, ingenuity and drive to lead a step change in logistics,” Bin Sulayem said.
    The planned reduction in carbon emissions by nearly 700,000 tonnes represents a 20% cut from 2021 levels.
    DP World’s plans include replacing its global fleet of assets from diesel to electric, investing in renewable power and exploring alternative fuels.
  • Finland and Fintraffic Vessel Services: Port Activity App Boosts the Efficiency of the Entire Logistics Chain and Supports Reducing Emissions 
    As part of the EU-funded STM EfficientFlow project started in 2018, the project partners investigated the information flow and communication between different actors in ports. The project created solution called Port Activity Application for information sharing for all actors in Port eco-system Port Activity App provides a new toolset for ports to improve the overall efficiency of port flow, covering the end-to-end chain of actions and operations related to vessel visit. It is a user interface for port digitalization and communication based on open ecosystem and open interfaces, strengthening collaboration both inside the port community and between ports. It creates an ecosystem for awareness, automation and autonomous operations using four layers – Knowledge, Communication, Workflow and Intelligence. New way of sharing data within open-ecosystem enables better situational awareness and planning of resources, this generates more efficient process and has direct impact on ships idling or waiting times – also reducing CO2 emissions.
    Key indicators: Port Activity is used 20 ports, there are almost 200 organizations behind them, around 1000 are continuous users. Port Activity aims to launch support for the calculation of greenhouse gas emissions in maritime logistics chain by the end of 2023 for all users.
  • Finland and Siili Solutions in Conjunction with Fintraffic Vessel Traffic Services: Virtual Port Arrival, Sustainable and Efficient Shipping Through Data-Focused Collaboration and Information Sharing 
    The EU regulation aims to create a European Maritime Single Window through which vessel port notification information is harmonized across the EU. Finland’s National Maritime Single Window NEMO emphasis on creating a neutral data platform between key stakeholders that will optimize digitalization in the field of maritime traffic, rethink ways of working, and enable building services for added value such as Virtual Port Arrival. Virtual Port Arrival solves current challenges where vessels rush to port to wait due to conservative shipping agreements and stakeholders lacking transparent visibility to the port activities. This causes unefficient port operatorions, unnecessary amount of fuel consumption and most importantly releases significant amount of greenhouse gases to the athmosphere. Virtual Port Arrival has proven to reduce more than 24% of CO2 emission and reduce 20% of fuel consumption. And at the same time when protecting the environment maritime industry can improve their productivity.
    Key indicators: Virtual Port Arrival used in all the applicable ports by 2027. There are almost 200 organizations behind the port ecosystem. Minimum of 24% CO2 emission reduction for all the voyages using Virtual Port Arrival.
  • Finland, Meriaura, Green NortH2, and Wärtsilä: Cargo Vessel Operated on Green Ammonia, Including E-Fuel Production
    Green NortH2 Energy, Meriaura, and Wärtsilä have expressed their intent for building of a cargo vessel that runs on green ammonia. The vessel will be ordered and operated by Meriaura – the delivery of the vessel, equipped with Wärtsilä’s modular multifuel main engines is targeted for 2024. Green NortH2 Energy is responsible of supplying green ammonia fuel, which is produced with renewable electricity, and the vessel is planned to be powered by ammonia from 2026 onwards.
    Key indicators: In the first phase, one pilot vessel trading in SSS market, delivered in 2024 with full ammonia-readiness. The pilot is offering shipping with 90+% GHG reduction (well to wake), which is generated from sustainable fuel utilization (LBO as from delivery, combined with renewable ammonia from 2026 onwards), as well as other optimized technological and operational solutions for sustainable lifecycle model. By 2030, the joint target is to offer zero emission shipping concept, supported by maturing fuel technology and infrastructure and evolving maritime regulatory framework.
  • Finland, Rauma Marine Constructions, Viking Line, and Kempower: Scalable Green Maritime Transport Corridor Based on Locally Produced Renewable Fuel
    With a high-quality ship it is feasible to operate on locally-produced renewable fuel. This provides an opportunity for local indudstry to get competitive advantage from eliminating emissions in logistics. It also increases local jobs and reduces dependency on fossil fuel imports. By scaling the concept emissions in RoPax (RoroPassenger) shipping in Northern European waters can be reduced 50% or 4,700,000 tons CO2e by 2035 while establishing local renewable fuel production that supports the local economies.
    Key indicators: 4.5 ship upgraded/y, 2.3 newbuilds/y, 1000+ GWh renewable fuel taken into use/y, 390 MT CO2e emission reduction/y, 50+ RoPax ships converted to renewable fuel and 30 new RoPax ships running on renewable fuel by 2035, 4,700 MT CO2e emissions reduced by 2035.
  • Germany: Climate Neutral Ships 
    The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action is preparing a research and development funding programme to foster all technological innovations towards climate neutral ships. The focus of the programme will be on alternative renewable fuels of non-biological origin and innovative propulsion systems, e.g. those with battery / fuel cell hybrid systems. The reduction of air pollutant emissions through exhaust gas aftertreatment will be addressed as well. Further on, innovative hydrodynamic concepts, wind assistant propulsion systems as well as smart solutions, e.g. for optimised route planning or efficient operational management, offer considerable potential for increasing energy efficiency on board and therefore should be able to be taken into account within the framework of the funding programme. As another means of GHG reduction, carbon capture processes on board ships as well as the reduction of emissions in the production phase of the ship could be considered.
    Key indicators: The assigned budget of the program is 30 Mio EUR per year until 2026 (150 Mio EUR in total).
  • Germany: Developing the Pathway for Zero Emission Shipping at the DLR Institute for Maritime Energy Systems 
    The DLR Institute for Maritime Energy Systems – funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action and the State of Schleswig-Holstein – researches and develops innovative solutions for the decarbonization and emission reduction of shipping, taking into account the entire energy conversion chain of maritime applications. In cooperation with the maritime industry, these are transferred into practice. Detailed targets are: low- and zero-emission energy systems including fuel cells for ships; reliable and safe onboard energy storage, distribution and bunkering infrastructures for low- and zero-emission fuels; and development of transportation concepts for alternative fuels. Therefore, the institute is building a large-scale test infrastructure consisting of a test stand and a zero-emission research vessel to test and develop modular energy and ship concepts. This creates an unprecedented range of testing capabilities, efficiently enables method and concept development and validation, and ensures the reliability of the low- and zero-emission solutions.
    Key indicators: DLRs zero-emission research vessel (36MEUR, delivery 2025), DLRs low- and zero-emission energy converter laboratory (first phase in operation late 2023), Support retrofit and new buildings for vessel operators (1 vessel/year, first in service 2024), Continuous development of technologies and methods for reliable and safe operation of low- and zero-emission ships.
  • Greece: Commits to Reducing Emissions at Six Major Ports
    Greece commits to reducing emissions at six major ports through operational efficiencies, on-shore power supply systems, and deployment of renewable energy sources
  • Greece: Will Develop an Action Plan to Decarbonize the Domestic Coastal Ferry Fleet
    Greece will develop an action plan to decarbonize the domestic coastal ferry fleet operating under public service contract and launch the first hybrid ferry in Greece.
  • Greece: Joins the Declaration on Zero Emission Shipping by 2050
    Greece joins the Declaration on Zero Emission Shipping by 2050: https://eng.em.dk/media/14559/declaration-on-zero-emission-shipping-by-2050.pdf.
  • Green Hydrogen Producers and Green Shipping Leaders: Joint Statement on Green Hydrogen for Shipping 
    The world’s largest green hydrogen producers are coming together with actors across the shipping value chain to announce commitments to produce and deploy the significant volumes of green hydrogen and derived fuels needed to put the global maritime sector on a decarbonization path aligned with a target of keeping warming to 1.5C or below.
  • Green Shipping Programme (GSP): GSP to Develop and Deploy Ammonia as a Fuel for Shipping
    Ammonia is a promising zero-carbon fuel for shipping, along with several other contenders. Norway has taken a leading role in the development of solution for this fuel – from ship design, to safety rules and handbook, to green ammonia production. By leveraging the combined efforts of more than 100 partners, GSP will contribute to develop and deploy ammonia as a fuel for shipping.
    Key indicators: Successful completion of 4 ammonia pilot studies by 2023 – Realize 3 ammonia powered vessels through the GSP Service center for green fleet renewal by 2026 – Establish a green corridor powered by ammonia by 2026.
  • International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH): Clean Energy Maritime Hubs Platform—Getting Maritime Ready to Unlock the Energy Transition
    The Clean Energy Marine Hubs (CEMH) provides the first of its kind, public-private platform bringing together private stakeholders (CEO-led Clean Energy Maritime Taskforce and others) across the energy-maritime value chain to partner with governments aiming to produce and transport low-carbon fuels through maritime, including the use of this fuels by shipping. Five countries (UAE, Canada, Panama, Uruguay and Norway) from developed and developing countries will be the first to share knowledge and best practices to accelerate the establishment of their exporting/importing low-carbon hubs. The changes to the global energy system to meet the Paris Agreement Goals will reshape the transport of energy products via maritime and shipping itself – from vessels to ports and fuel providers. The urgency of decarbonisation means the maritime sector will be a leader as an enabler of low carbon fuels.
    Key indicators: The main target is the establishment of Clean Energy Marine Hubs in each of the countries participating, enabling investment and financing of these Hubs close to their ports. Within five years we would expect the announced production of low-carbon fuels.
  • Republic of Korea: Collaboration on Green Shipping Corridors
    During the World Leaders Summit of COP27, the Republic of Korea and the United States announced technical cooperation to help facilitate establishment of a green shipping corridor. Green shipping corridors are a key means of spurring the early adoption of zero-emission fuels and technologies to place the shipping sector on a pathway to align with the goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
  • Liberia: Liberia, Taking the Lead in Green Shipping Initiatives and Solutions to Shipowners
    We are engaged in Joint Design Projects. These JDPs has been instrumental in reducing CO2 emissions on ships by assisting in the approval of non-prescriptive rules and allowing the new technology to get introduced and implemented with first movers looking to reduce emissions.
    Key indicators: By end of 2022, the Liberian fleet will be about 5,600 vessels of various ship owners’ nationalities, who generate approximately 14% total global shipping CO2 emissions (833 million ton as per Lloyd’s list report). The first major goal is to help owners reduce their fleet current emissions by 40%, estimating that the Registry will be composed of more than 5300 vessels by 2030. This is based on 2008 calculations of CO2 emissions baseline. Our long-term goal is to have a fleet of 7,500 vessels by 2050, with zero emissions, presuming all other external components and goals are met. Our target is that by end of year 2024, 70% – 80% of the Liberian Fleet should be CII Compliant.
  • Lloyd’s Register Group Limited: Silk Alliance Identifies Its First Baseline Fleet for Singapore Cluster and Calls for Further Collaborators 
    Silk Alliance has identified a first baseline fleet of 337 ships, with aggregated fuel demand of 3m tonnes of HFO per year, leading to a CO2e reduction of 10m tonnes year year. This fleet is operating in a Singapore to Singapore Green Corridor with vessels trading across multiple ports from Pacific Islands, South East Asia, North Asia to East Africa. The geographical focus of the Alliance can not only reduce emissions of cargo trade in the region, but can also incentivize development of fuel supply infrastructure in strategic positions across developing countries. The first baseline fleet is concentrated on the alliance’s container fleet, however, the Alliance is now expanding to other ship types. The expanded baseline fleet can create a systematic change for the uptake of new fuels by concentrating effort into a shared strategy.
  • Lloyd’s Register Group Limited: Zero Ready Framework Provides Shipping with Clarity Over Zero Carbon Readiness and Calls for Commitments 
    Shipping now thinks in terms of ‘readiness’, the ability to ensure that a vessel can use zero carbon fuel once this becomes feasible and available, either through newbuilding, or conversion of existing vessels. But readiness is not defined. It can mean anything from a vessel fully equipped to bunker with alternative fuel today, to a vessel that could potentially be converted from fossil fuel at some point in the future. Many so-called ‘ready’ vessels will require major retrofit, with significant safety implications and costs that could render the project uneconomic. This announcement presents a readiness framework that provides clarity, guiding investment in assets that have the greatest future prospects as we transition to zero carbon fuels. We seek commitments from across the industry to use this framework in development of strategies and plans, thus reducing the risks faced in the energy transition.
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Singapore Green & Digital Shipping Corridor: Commencement of Discussions for Los Angeles-Long Beach-Singapore Green & Digital Shipping Corridor 
    The Port of Los Angeles, MPA Singapore, Port of Long Beach and C40 Cities have begun discussions to establish a green & digital shipping corridor that will help to facilitate the movement of cargo between Singapore and Los Angeles/Long Beach. The focus will be on: (i) low and zero carbon fuels and bunkering, and (ii) digital shipping and efficiency to support deployment of low and zero carbon ships. The Port of Los Angeles, Singapore MPA, Port of Long Beach and C40 hope to coordinate this effort with other key players in the maritime and energy value chains. We believe these coordinating efforts will support the development of a global green shipping corridor network to meet the long-term objective of decarbonizing global supply chains and aligning the industry with the 1.5 degrees Celsius Paris Agreement goal. Global goods movement coordination through the green and digital shipping corridor will reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also helping to bring goods to market cost-effectively.
    Key indicators: The Port of Los Angeles, Singapore MPA, Port of Long Beach and C40 Cities will work to define the goals of the corridor and any necessary commitments, including accelerated deployment of low and zero carbon emission solutions, identification of digital shipping programs, and development of green fuel sources and bunkering to support efficient cargo movement between Los Angeles/Long Beach and Singapore. Implementation of the corridor has the potential to catalyze investment in new green infrastructure, delivering economic benefits and complementing efforts at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to support the decarbonisation and digitalisation transition for international shipping. It will also contribute towards urgent climate goals by improving air quality and public health of local port communities in Los Angeles/Long Beach.
  • Los Angeles-Shanghai Green Shipping Corridor Partnership: Los Angeles-Shanghai Green Shipping Corridor Partnership and Implementation Plan
    The Green Shipping Corridor Partnership has agreed to work on an initiative to establish a Trans-Pacific Green Shipping Corridor to decarbonize goods movement between the largest ports in the United States and China. The Partnership is working together to achieve these goals by developing a “Green Shipping Corridor Implementation Plan” which outlines roles, commitments and actions. The climate crisis is a worldwide phenomenon that demands urgency, seriousness, and collective action. Addressing emissions from shipping and goods movement is necessary to meet global climate goals. The scale of global shipping requires significant action to mitigate impacts. The Green Shipping Corridor Partnership is responding to this challenge, by bringing together key actors to reduce emissions on one of the world’s busiest cargo routes. Leveraging the nearly 20 years Shanghai and LA have worked together to address air pollution, the LA-SH GSC is a first of its kind public private partnership where private sector competitors are working collaboratively to set joint goals and objectives with public sector entities. The Partnership is now moving towards establishing a GREEN SHIPPING NETWORK across North America and Asia, by collaborating with Seattle and Singapore on the development of new green shipping corridors and establishing necessary partnerships and operational frameworks. This cross-corridor collaboration will help set common goals to meet the long-term objective of decarbonizing global supply chains and aligning the industry with the 1.5 C target.
    Key indicators: Since announcing the corridor in January, the partnership has been working to define the goals of the corridor and the commitments required to achieve them. These include the demonstration of the world’s first zero carbon fueled ship(s) by or before 2030 and a commitment to drive the transition of the entire fleet on the corridor to zero emissions beyond this date. Interim goals will see the introduction of reduced GHG ships to the corridor starting in 2025 and all partners working together to facilitate the supply of the lowest lifecycle GHG fuels to these vessels as soon as possible while supporting the business case for their use. This international, cross-value chain collaboration is a unique opportunity to drive the technological, economic and regulatory efforts required to decarbonize shipping on this key international shipping route. Implementation of the corridor will realize huge benefits by contributing towards urgent climate goals but also improving air quality and thus health outcomes for local port communities at both ends of the corridor. It also has the potential to catalyze and drive investment in new infrastructure, delivering economic as well as environmental benefits.
  • Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping: Blueprint for Green Corridors Pre-Feasibility Studies 
    Following the political ambitions at COP26 on Green Corridors, we see a global need for a systematic bottom-up approach to get concrete projects started. The Green Shipping Corridors pre-feasibility blueprint prepared by the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping and Rocky Mountain Institute, under the Green Hydrogen Catapult, provides a ready-to-use guide for project stakeholders interested in understanding the green corridor options in a given region: port, region, country or sub-continental. The blueprint offers a data-driven approach whereby an area is screened with respect to specific selection criteria, and a suite of green corridor options are outlined. The approach applies seven logical steps needed to cover a holistic value-chain assessment of opportunities for green corridors.
  • Maldives: Scaling Up Low Carbon Technologies in the Transport Sector 
    This effort aims to facilitate the switch from traditional to greener technologies in the transport sector through improved infrastructure, regulatory reforms and incentives to drive up the necessary transformations.
    Key indicators: The proposed transformation is in line with Maldives’ updated NDC targets that aims to reach net zero emission by 2030 , if adequate resources and support is received from donors.
  • Netherlands: Launching Customership for Sustainable Zero Emission Ships 
    The Dutch government has allocated extra funds to stimulate, as launching customer, the development and building of net zero and zero emission ships. The investment concerns 8 supporting naval vessels, and 3 emergency towing vessels for protection of offshore wind parks on the North Sea. The investment will be used to develop innovative propulsion technologies and the infrastructure for net zero fuels and (offshore) electric charging.
    Key indicators: 8 net zero supporting naval vessels sailing before 2030 and contract signing in 2026 for the newbuilding of 3 90% zero emission emergency response & towing vessels.
  • Northwest Seaport Alliance: Toward a Zero-Emission Cargo Gateway in Seattle-Tacoma 
    Our Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy, unanimously adopted by port commissioners in 2021, calls for phasing out all seaport emissions of diesel particulate matter and greenhouse gases by 2050 or sooner. New initiatives we are launching to advance this goal include: 1) an expansion of our shore power program, with a goal of installing infrastructure on all of our major container terminal by 2030; 2) creation of a Clean CHE Incentive Program to encourage marine terminal operators to transition to zero-emission cargo-handling equipment; 3) formation of the Puget Sound Zero Emission Truck Collaborative to develop a strategy for transitioning 4,000+ drayage trucks to battery electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles; and 4) participation — with the US State Department, US Department of Energy, Republic of Korea, and Busan Port Authority — in a study of the feasibility of creating a “green corridor” between our gateway and the Busan Port Authority.
    Key indicators: Shore power installed at all major container terminals by 2030; at least 10 zero-emission drayage trucks and 25 pieces of zero-emission cargo-handling equipment deployed in our gateway by 2025.
  • Norway: Norway’s Enhanced Domestic Actions Towards Zero Emission Shipping  
    By COP 28, update Norway’s National Action Plan for green shipping in support of the Norwegian commitment under the Paris Agreement to reduce climate emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. The planned actions will include further climate requirements for domestic shipping, enhanced use of carbon pricing and climate support schemes, further actions in the context of private-public partnerships, and a plan for scaling up the production of and infrastructure for sustainable climate friendly fuels.
    Key indicators: Annual emission reduction from domestic shipping. An annual green barometer for green ships in operation and order, and annual emission status, will be developed.
  • Norway: Norway’s Enhanced International Actions Towards Zero Emission Shipping
    Commit to strengthen global efforts to decarbonize shipping, especially efforts at the International Maritime Organization to establish an ambition to achieve zero emissions from international shipping by 2050, and to adopt the needed measures at the IMO to achieve these goals, including the use of carbon pricing. Commit to further support developing countries on the transition to zero emission shipping. Work together with Nordic Countries to establish a Nordic Green Shipping Corridor.
    Key indicators: Regular update of emission reduction pathways for shipping based on decisions on strengthened IMO framework. Number of green corridors established. Amount of support to developing countries on activities and projects providing for a transition to zero emission shipping.
  • Norwegian Maritime Partners: Cooperation Obligation to Reach the Zero Emissions Goal from Maritime Industry, Shipping Associations Classification Societies and Finance 
    Through cooperation, the maritime cluster and shipping associations will work towards improved energy efficiency and reducing emissions by 50 % by 2030, in line with the Norwegian government’s climate goal. We join forces to find the fastest way to zero emissions The government’s support to green initiatives and development of infrastructure for fossil-free energy will be key in this regard. The Norwegian Maritime cluster will develop, design and build the zero emission vessels of the future. To reach the entire industry we must provide and share zero-emission solutions, products and knowledge within the collaboration and out in the market. The financial partners with maritime patronage use the capital instrument to support green measures and projects through risk capital, advice, requirements and expectations.
    Key indicators: To reach the national goals by 2030, 700 low-emission and 400 zero-emission ships are needed in Norway. To relieve the world’s natural resources, the transition must consist of both a green conversion program as well as a green new building program. We will contribute to development of green shipping corridors trough development of port infrastructure along the coast.
  • Port of Seattle: The Alaska British Columbia Washington Green Cruise Corridor is Underway 
    With First Mover partners, the Port is exploring the feasibility of the world’s first green corridor for cruise between Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska. This ground-breaking collaboration between traditional competitors will focus resources, knowledge, and technology on feasible pathways to decarbonize the North Pacific cruise market by 2050. In Seattle, the Port is directing new funds and staff to establish our region as a hub for clean maritime fuels. The Port joined the Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Association and several hydrogen research projects to cultivate the partnerships and knowledge needed to make green hydrogen a viable future fuel. Today, a multimillion dollar cruise shore power project is on track to make the Port the largest electrified cruise homeport on the U.S. West Coast and implement a first-of-its-kind Clean Energy Strategy to modernize the waterfront energy grid, ensuring resilient zero emissions infrastructure is ready to power next generation ships and equipment.
    Key indicators: Major cruise lines, homeports, and ports of call serving Alaska-British Columbia-Washington market agree to participate in exploring green corridor feasibility (achieved May 2022). Group Charter signed by First Movers that includes green corridor definition and scope of feasibility assessment by the end of 2022. Feasibility assessment begins Q3/Q4 2023. Feasibility Assessment complete in 2024.
  • Portugal: Enhancing Portugal’s Zero-Emission Fleet
    We foresee the following announcements, concerning these ongoing projects: 1.Portugal currently drafting a submission to IMO, so its Atlantic coast is considered a SECA, with the goal to lower the impact of the emissions from ships on coastal populations; 2.Production of 10 fully electrical pax ships for public transportation between the banks of the Tejo River in Lisbon; 3.Production of an H2 propulsion vessel operating in the inland waterways (Douro River); 4.Production of a new electric ferry for public transport in Ria de Aveiro; 5.Promotion of the use of Biofuel on tugs operating in the Ports of Aveiro and Leixões. 
  • Serbia: Group for Maritime Navigation 
    The Group for Maritime Navigation within the Sector for Water Transport and Navigation Safety is in charge of enacting maritime regulations and their implementation. Regulations adopted in accordance with IMO conventions and regulations (SOLAS, MARPOL, LL, TONNAGE, STCW, etc.) and regulations adopted by the EU. We pay the greatest attention to significantly enhance maritime safety, security and the quality of the marine environment by addressing human element issues to improve performance.
  • Transoceanic Wind Transport (TOWT): TOWT to Launch a Fleet of 200 Drastically Decarbonizing Sailing Cargo Ships by 2035 
    TransOceanic Wind Transport (TOWT) announces the build of 10 Phoenix-class sailing cargo ships by 2026, 35 by 2030, 217 by 2035, and over 500 in 2040, representing a transport capacity of more than 1,2 million tonnes per year by 2040. To meet with the industry’s demand for decarbonized shipping, TOWT will launch a new class “B” as of 2028, with the aim to massify the impact of sailing by offering a realistic, reliable alternative, so as to disrupt maritime transport. A “C-” class is planned with a first launch in 2033. Besides carbon impact,TOWT’s vessels will be more respectful of marine biodiversity, and will ensure better social conditions for seafarers. Currently building two sailing cargo ships, TOWT has mobilised a cutting-edge ecosystem (shipyard, equipment suppliers, shippers, logisticians, port, merchant navy schools), enabling it to scale its fleet up and attract the funds needed to further innovate.
    Key indicators: 2026 : 10 vessels (Phoenix class) at sea, 45K tonnes CO2 reduction (by year), 202,7 kT shipped, 140 seafarers trained and employed on sailing cargo ships 2030 : 30 vessels (Phoenix class) at sea + 5 new class vessels, 202,5 kT of CO2 reduction (by year), 912 kT shipped, 490 seafarers trained and employed on sailing cargo ships 2035 : 150 vessels (Phoenix class) at sea + 67 new class vessels, 1 692 kT of CO2 reduction (by year), 7 624 kT shipped, 3,038 seafarers trained and employed on sailing cargo ships 2040: 280 vessels (Phoenix class), 200 B-Class and 40 C-Class vessels (520 vessels altogether), 5,400 kT of CO2 reduction (by year) with over 8,000 sailors trained and employed.
  • United Kingdom: UK bilateral green shipping corridors agreements with the US, Norway, and the Netherlands 
    The UK is building on the COP26 legacy of the Clydebank Declaration by announcing bilateral commitments with the US, Norway, and the Netherlands to support the establishment of green shipping corridors between our nations.
    Key indicators: This will support efforts to: by 2030 5% of the global deep-sea fleet will be made of ships capable of running zero-emission, as stated by the Zero Emission Shipping Mission; and by the middle of the decade six green shipping corridors have been established, as stated in the Clydebank Declaration.
  • United States: Facilitating Green Shipping Corridors Worldwide 
    The U.S. Department of State is launching the Green Shipping Corridors Initiation Project with $1.5 million, subject to Congressional notification and the completion of domestic procedures, to support feasibility studies for green shipping corridors involving developing countries and symposia to bring together country representatives and non-state actors, including ports and companies, on green shipping corridor opportunities and implementation. In addition, the United States and its partners in the Zero-Emission Shipping Mission are announcing the launch of a Green Shipping Corridor Hub, an online platform with resources and tools that aim to streamline the formation and deployment of green shipping corridors globally. The Hub will feature a green shipping corridor route tracker, a matchmaker tool to help stakeholders connect, and a library of green shipping corridor reports and analyses.
  • United States: Facilitating U.S. Green Shipping Corridors 
    The United States is announcing three bilateral workstreams. First, the Republic of Korea and the United States are announcing technical cooperation to help facilitate establishment of a green shipping corridor. We will undertake a feasibility study to explore the potential of creating a green shipping corridor between major cargo ports in the Republic of Korea and the United States. Second, Canada and the United States are announcing the Great Lakes/Saint Lawrence Seaway System Green Shipping Corridor Network Initiative. The U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of State, and Transport Canada will work with state, provincial, local, private-sector, non-governmental leaders, and Indigenous Peoples in Canada and the United States to host consultations with ports and other stakeholders, with the goal of facilitating the establishment of such a network. Third, the United Kingdom and the United States are announcing our intention to support the establishment of green shipping corridors between our countries. To advance this intention, we are launching a UK-US green shipping corridor task force.
  • United States: Creating a U.S. National Action Plan for Maritime Decarbonization 
    In early 2023, the Department of Energy, the Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development will release a transportation sector decarbonization blueprint, which will serve as a roadmap for expanding federal agency priorities to create options for traveling smarter, more efficiently, and cleaner. After the release of the blueprint, and as a key component of this effort, these departments and agencies will commence in 2023 the development of a U.S. maritime decarbonization strategy, which will identify the pathways for—and the agency-specific actions that can support—decarbonization of the domestic maritime sector.
  • Zéphyr & Borée: The First Fleet of Sailing Container Ships in the World 
    Zéphyr & Borée is a young shipping company promoting low-carbon shipping. We have just won a transport contract for the construction and operation of 10 container ships equipped with sails providing more than 50% of the ships’ propulsive energy. Of the 10 vessels, 5 will operate between Northern Europe and the USA, and 5 will operate between the Mediterranean and the USA. This project is made possible by the massive commitment of some thirty European shippers: Michelin, Ikéa, Nestlé Water, L’Occitane en Provence, Yves Rocher, la Fournée Dorée, etc. In addition to wind propulsion, the ships are equipped with “dual fuel” engines allowing the consumption of diesel and methanol. These container ships will therefore be the most ecological container ships in the world.
    Key indicators: 10 ships €500m investment; Reduced fuel consumption by 55% thanks to wind energy; Reduction of the carbon footprint by 87% compared to “classic” ships thanks to the combined action of speed reduction, the use of wind and e-methanol in the engines.