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Shell and CMA CGM Group have Signed Agreements to Accelerate Decarbonization across the Marine Sector


Shell and CMA CGM Group have Signed Agreements to Accelerate Decarbonization across the Marine Sector

The agreements comprise a multi-year liquefied natural gas (LNG) agreement to supply LNG to CMA CGM’s 13,000 TEU vessels in the Port of Singapore from the second half of 2023.

The news follows the announcement from Shell to supply CMA CGM with “tens of thousands of tons of marine biofuel”.

FueLNG, a joint venture between a unit of Shell in Singapore and Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), will undertake the simultaneous operation (SIMOPS) LNG bunkering by utilizing FueLNG Bellina – already in operation – and an 18,000m3 LNG bunker vessel – coming into service in 2023.

The parties have further signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that encompasses the advancement of low-carbon marine fuels for new and existing vessels; the delivery of innovative technical solutions, which include LNG and hydrogen blending, methane slip abatement technologies and fuel cell technology development; exploring voluntary and mandated trading mechanisms for carbon credits; and joint advocacy for net-zero emissions policies.

“Collaboration and partnership are critical in paving the way, which will include a mosaic of lower-carbon fuels, technology sharing and partnership projects to realize a net zero future in shipping,” said Melissa Williams, Vice President Marine, Sectors & Decarbonization at Shell.

“Thus, I am excited about our agreement with CMA CGM as it allows both businesses to bring their respective scale and size to drive impactful change in the industry – helping our customers to overcome their challenges and meet their ambitious decarbonization goals in the process.

“As Shell and CMA CGM are long standing partners, both companies plan to extend their partnership to the road and aviation sectors in the future. In doing so, this demonstrates the vital role effective partnerships will play in accelerating decarbonization in shipping and beyond.”

Last year, Shell and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) agreed to work closely together to help accelerate the decarbonization of the global shipping sector.

The companies planned to develop a range of technologies that can reduce emissions from existing assets and help to enable a net-zero emissions future for shipping.


Port of Rotterdam to Start Green Hydrogen Trial

The Port of Rotterdam has scheduled a trial for green hydrogen production at the Sif factory on the Maasvlakte for 2023.

As part of the AmpHytrite project, monopile producer Sif will work together with Pondera, KCI the engineers, and GE Renewable Energy. The partners have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to ‘get a grip’ on the production of green hydrogen at sea, Rotterdam port wrote.

The AmpHytrite project will consist of three phases: first, a feasibility study into offshore offgrid production of green hydrogen; a second phase to develop and build a production unit that will be placed near the Sif factory on the Maasvlakte; and third the project will see a scaling up phase to apply the concept on a full scale in a wind farm at sea.

During the second phase, the production unit will run exclusively on the power generated by the Haliade wind turbine located on the Sif site.

The companies’ aim is to produce 750 tons of green hydrogen a year.

The news follows Uniper and the Port of Rotterdam Authority’s agreement to produce green hydrogen at the Uniper location on Maasvlakte.

The plans build on the findings of a previous feasibility study and are in line with the new hydrogen infrastructure that has been planned and the growing demand for sustainable hydrogen from the Rotterdam petrochemical industry.

The Port of Rotterdam recently announced several other projects on the horizon in its mission to achieve sustainability across the maritime industry; these include a new battery recycling factory in cooperation with TES and a new plastic recycling plant arriving by the end of 2022.


Port of Antwerp-Bruges Prepares First Hydrogen-Powered Tugboat

The Port of Antwerp-Bruges and CMB.TECH will soon welcome the first hydrogen-powered tugboat furthering the port’s transition towards sustainability.

The Hydrotug consists of two BeHydro V12 fuel medium speed engines that can run on both hydrogen and traditional fuel and it can store 415 kilograms of compressed hydrogen in six stillages installed on deck, eliminating the emission’s equivalent of 350 cars.

The first water launch of the Hydrotug at Armón Shipyards in Navia Spain took place on 16 May; sea trials will follow later this year upon completion of remaining construction works on the ship.

The tugboat is expected to become fully operational in the first quarter of 2023.

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“We are delighted that Port of Antwerp-Bruges will be the first user of Hydrotug, the world’s largest hydrogen-powered vessel,” said Roy Campe, CTO of CMB.TECH.

“The technology has been approved by Lloyd’s Register and we are ready to approach the global market of 10,000 tugs.”

“With this technology we can significantly improve the air quality in ports and bring hydrogen technology to every port worldwide.”

The acquisition is part of an integral greening programme for the Port of Antwerp-Bruges fleet and, according to the port authority, marks an important step in the transition to a sustainable, climate neutral port by 2050.

Last 22 April, the ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge completed their long-awaited merger during an extraordinary general meeting.


Port of Seattle to Establish World’s First Cruise-led Green Corridor

The Port of Seattle, City and Borough of Juneau, and Vancouver Fraser Port Authority together with leading global cruise lines will cooperate to initiate the world’s first cruise-led green corridor.

The partnership is aimed at exploring the feasibility of a green corridor to accelerate the deployment of zero greenhouse gas emission ships and operations between Alaska, British Columbia, and Washington.

The First Mover Commitment was announced during the International Association of Ports and Harbors World Ports Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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The partners have agreed to:

  • Work together to explore the feasibility of a green corridor in the Pacific Northwest of North America, including, but not limited to, further defining the scope and application of this concept;
  • Enhance and support the emission-reduction efforts already underway and use the green corridor as a testbed for low and zero greenhouse gas technologies and ships, as feasible; and
  • Work collaboratively to define the governance structures, terms, and frameworks needed to guide the regional effort.

“These first movers are coming together around the need to address the most pressing issue of our time — climate change,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Fred Felleman.

“By exploring the development of a Green Corridor, we’re bringing resources and technological advancements to this region where commercially viable zero greenhouse gas emissions ships may sail that much sooner.

“We’re not naïve about the challenges ahead. But we recognise the urgency to act as we transition to an inclusive blue economy that works for the climate, commerce, and communities alike.”

The project supports the Clydebank Declaration signed by 24 countries in 2021 to support the establishment of at least six green corridors by 2025 and follows industry’s efforts to a net-zero transition.


California Grants $2.5 Million to Push Port of Long Beach Electric Vehicle Project

The Port of Long Beach has received a multimillion dollar California Energy Commission Grant to aid the second phase of the Port Community Electric Vehicle Blueprint – designed to accelerate a sustainable and zero-emission port ecosystem across the state.

The $2.5 million grant will help the towards its transition to zero-emissions operations by developing infrastructure plans to support electric vehicles.

Projects covered by the grant include developing a master plan for SSA Marine’s Pier J facility to achieve its decarbonization goals and similar planning to evaluate the infrastructure required to support a fully zero-emissions port-owned fleet of vehicles and vessels.

Other projects include installing chargers at the port’s Maintenance Facility as well as the infrastructure needed to power future chargers at the port’s Joint Command and Control Center.

Lastly, funds will be used to develop a report in partnership with Long Beach City College to identify workforce skills needed to maintain zero-emissions trucks and infrastructure.

The Port of Long Beach has forged a new direction for the shipping industry and today, we are on the path to zero-emissions operations by 2030 for cargo-handling equipment and 2035 for trucks servicing the Port,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero.

Steven Neal, Long Beach Harbor Commission President, added: “The California Energy Commission is part of our collaborative model that has allowed us to reduce diesel pollution by 90 per cent compared to 2005.”

“The Electric Vehicle Blueprint identifies the path toward zero emissions and will provide an economical, demonstrated approach to EV planning that other California seaports can replicate.”

The Port of Long Beach will contribute $847,072 matching funds toward the total $3.4 million cost.

As the nation’s second-busiest seaport, the Port of Long Beach recently announced its busiest March on record, moving a total of 863,156 TEU.

The sum represented a 2.7 per cent increase over the port’s container volumes in March 2021.