A deal has been signed between the two largest bunkering ports in the world, the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore and the Port of Rotterdam Authority, to work on the world’s longest green and digital corridor for zero carbon shipping.
As per the MoU, it aims to realize the first sustainable vessels sailing on the Asian-European route by 2027. Mr. Allard Catelein, CEO of Port of Rotterdam Authority said that this new corridor will enable carriers to switch to zero-carbon fuels and speed-up transition to more sustainable shipping.
The shipping lane will be switching to alternative fuels such as hydrogen, hydrogen-based fuels including ammonia and methanol, biogas, and synthetic methane. However, at present, all are in various stages of research and trials. In addition to this, there is a plan for a digital trade lane to promote the sharing of data, documentation, and standards.
The green and digital corridor projects will see port authorities working with Maersk McKinney Mollar center for zero carbon shipping and include industry partners like BP, CMA CGM, Digital Container Shipping Association, MSC, and Maersk.