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Houston, Antwerp-Burges ports and partners to cooperate on green shipping corridor

Parties agreed to explore a partnership around an import-export coalition for renewable and low-carbon molecules, a green shipping corridor and exchange of best practices, knowledge and research.

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Houston, Antwerp-Burges ports and partners to cooperate on green shipping corridor

Port Houston on Saturday (9 December) said a Memorandum of Understanding on Energy Transition Cooperation was signed between three Belgian and three Houston-based partners to boost transatlantic cooperation on the green transition. 

The Center for Houston's Future, Waterstofnet, Port Houston, the Port of Antwerp-Bruges, Exmar, and the Blue Sky Maritime Coalition agreed to explore a win-win partnership around an import-export coalition for renewable and low-carbon molecules, a green shipping corridor and the exchange of best practices, knowledge and research.

The changing regulatory landscape and ambitious climate targets on both sides of the Atlantic provide the background for ambitious cooperation. The Greater Houston area is home to some of the biggest energy producers in the world, and the increase in the production of renewable and low-carbon energy offers perspectives for future export.

Belgium is a strategic energy hub in the heart of Europe, including for the import and transit of renewable and low-carbon molecules, with the Port of Antwerp-Bruges as a crucial gateway with extensive storage capacity and connectivity to European markets and huge off-take.

Houston and Antwerp are the biggest petrochemical clusters in the world; many Belgian and US companies are present on both sides, and the long-standing commercial maritime connection between both ports is a backbone for cooperation.

The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding is a first step in solidifying such a partnership between crucial stakeholders based in countries that are strategic allies. Other stakeholders on both sides are welcome and encouraged to join as partners start working on a roadmap for implementation.

"The Center for Houston's Future, building on our recent trade mission to Germany and Poland in which we explored developing a transatlantic clean hydrogen alliance, was excited to welcome Prime Minister De Croo as he participated in a clean energy roundtable hosted by the Greater Houston Partnership," said Center CEO Brett Perlman. "The discussion highlighted opportunities for collaboration, while the MOU creates a framework for deeper engagement with our colleagues in Belgium."

"We are pleased to be a signatory to this MOU, which helps further strengthen Port Houston's mission to drive job creation and economic prosperity for our region," said Port Houston Chairman Ric Campo. 

"Our history of collaboration between Port Houston and Port of Antwerp-Brugge, and between Texas and Belgium, is a century in the making,” he added.

"This agreement is a watershed moment to expand that cooperation and continue growing both relationships and critically important energy-related trade," said Port Houston's Chief Commercial Officer John Moseley.

"Today's agreement advances our shared goals of growing prosperity through economic impact and environmental sustainability," added Port Houston, Chief Infrastructure Officer Rich Byrnes.

Blue Sky Maritime Coalition brings together more than 120 member organisations, including leadership of the green shipping corridor from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), to work on maritime decarbonisation and transportation of clean energy fuels with the other partners.

Photo credit: Port Houston
Published: 12 December, 2023

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China: Methanol industry players ink agreement to form green methanol energy corridor

National Inner Mongolia Electric Power Mengxi New Energy, Shanghai Yuanba Energy Technology, Tianjin Bohai Chemical Group and COSCO Shipping Energy Transportation will work together to form the corridor.

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Energy firm National Inner Mongolia Electric Power Mengxi New Energy Co Ltd, Shanghai Yuanba Energy Technology Co Ltd, Tianjin Bohai Chemical Group Co Ltd, and COSCO Shipping Energy Transportation Co Ltd on Tuesday (6 February) jointly signed an cooperation framework agreement in Shanghai to establish a “green product (energy) corridor project” for the entire green methanol industry chain.

Manifold Times has previously reported Cosco Shipping Energy Transportation entered a shipbuilding contract for six methanol-fuelled tankers with Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry while Cosco Shipping reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore collaboration in methanol bunker fuel amongst other new areas. 

On 15 December 2023, Shanghai Yuanba Energy Technology signed an agreement with Greece’s Marine Plus S.A. for purchasing Yuanba Energy's green methanol for the EU shipping market, starting in August 2025. 

According to local news reports, Tianjin Bohai Chemical Group and National Inner Mongolia Electric Power Mengxi New Energy are involved in methanol-related projects including the production of hydrogen. 

As part of the agreement, the four parties signed the contract to build a green energy corridor for the entire green methanol industry chain. 

The firms said the signing of this agreement marked a new milestone in establishing and improving the entire green methanol industry chain.

Pooling together their respective resources and industry knowledge, the parties will work together to carry out comprehensive and in-depth cooperation in green energy products including power generation, hydrogen production, synthetic methanol, land transportation, warehousing, shipping and bunkering. 

Disclaimer: The above article published by Manifold Times was sourced from China’s domestic market through a local correspondent. While considerable efforts have been taken to verify its accuracy through a professional translator and processed from sources believed to be reliable, no warranty is made regarding the accuracy, completeness and reliability of any information.

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Photo credit: Scott Graham on Unsplash
Published: 19 February, 2024

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Report: Korea-US-Japan green shipping corridors can lead to significant environmental impact

Creating green shipping corridors between South Korea, the United States and Japan’s top two busiest routes can reduce up to 41.3 million tCO2 each year, says Korean NPO Solutions for Our Climate.

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Report: Korea-US-Japan green shipping corridors can lead to significant environmental impact

Korea-based non-profit organisation Solutions for Our Climate (SFOC) on Tuesday (13 February) said creating green shipping corridors between South Korea, the United States and Japan's top two busiest routes – Busan-Tokyo and Yokohama; Busan-Los Angeles and Long Beach– can reduce up to 41.3 million tCO2 each year. 

This is equivalent to annual emissions from over 9 million passenger vehicles in the United States.

“We evaluated the anticipated impact of several proposed KoreaUnited States-Japan green shipping corridors involving ports of Busan (KRPUS), Incheon (KRINC), and Gwangyang (KRKAN) —South Korea’s three major container ports,” SFOC said in the report. 

Each of the three South Korean ports will have the most significant environmental impact if connected to ports of Tokyo (JPTYO)/Yokohama (JPYOK) in Japan and ports of Los Angeles (USLAX)/Long Beach (USLGB) in the United States. 

“If container ships that travel KRPUS – JPTYO/ JPYOK and KRPUS – USLAX/USLGB are converted to zero emission ships, we can expect significant reduction in global carbon dioxide emissions, approximately 20.7 million tCO2 and 20.6 million tCO2, respectively,” it added. 

Accordingly, reducing GHG emissions in the global maritime shipping will require coordinated multilateral commitments and actions.

The green shipping corridor initiative is a global effort to align the shipping industry with the 1.5°C trajectory. It aims to:

  • Create maritime routes in which mainly zero-emission ships travel
  • Run ports with 100 percent renewable energy
  • Enforce mandatory use of on-shore power for docked vessels.

“With increasing global shipping emissions, green corridors are key to decarbonising the sector,” SFOC said. 

“Our latest report on green corridors comes on the heels of South Korea and the United States' announcement to work together to implement cross-country green shipping corridors between several of their key ports.”

 

Photo credit: Solutions for Our Climate
Published: 14 February, 2024

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Viking Line, Ports of Stockholm and Turku to create green shipping corridor by 2035

Partnership will act as an innovative platform to develop scalable solutions for phasing out fossil marine fuels and enable green shipping between Stockholm and Turku.

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Viking Line, Ports of Stockholm and Turku to create green shipping corridor by 2035

Ports of Stockholm on Wednesday (7 February) said it entered into a partnership with Port of Turku and Viking Line to create a green shipping corridor between Turku and Stockholm, which will be fossil fuel-free by 2035 at the latest. 

The result will be a framework with scalable solutions for the transition to fossil-free fuels and shipping with low climate impact.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on 6 February, with the parties agreeing to establish a green shipping corridor by 2035 at the latest, the goal being an entirely fossil-fuel greenhouse gas emissions-free corridor.

“Climate change is happening here and now. It is more important than ever to take tangible steps towards a green transition. We know that more transport by rail or sea is needed rather than by road and air. Green shipping plays a major role in climate transition measures in the transport sector,” says Clara Lindblom, City Council responsible for Ports of Stockholm.

“Viking Line is a shipping company that has its roots in the vulnerable archipelago. That means that for us the work of protecting and preserving the Baltic Sea is part of our DNA. We strive to be an ambitious role model in the industry and proud of taking this step together with Ports of Stockholm and Port of Turku to come closer to achieving fossil fuel-free cruises and transport in this important shipping fairway between Sweden, the Åland Islands and Finland,” Viking Line CEO, Jan Hanses, said. 

The project and partnership qualifies as a green shipping corridor according to the Clydebank Declaration, of which both Sweden and Finland are signatories. This undertaking is well in advance of the EU's Fit for 55 strategy time line.

“Environmental work has always been a focus of our business operations. The Port of Turku nestles within a very vulnerable archipelago. This gives us the responsibility of respecting our surroundings at all times in our daily activities. In 2023 we signed Turku’s Climate City Contract, which has the goal of the city being carbon neutral by 2029. This is a goal we are working systematically to achieve and is why this memorandum to develop a green transport corridor between Turku and Stockholm is a natural step for us,” Erik Söderholm, CEO Port of Turku, explained. 

The partnership will act as an innovative platform to develop scalable solutions for phasing out fossil fuels and enable green shipping between Stockholm and Turku. The project will also leverage the advances and solutions in the Decatrip project, a collaboration between Rauma Marine Constructions, Viking Line, Åbo Akademi University and Kempower.

During the project the partners will successively reduce their carbon dioxide emissions and work towards creating an entirely fossil fuel-free corridor. The collaboration may also expand to involve other key stakeholders in the shipping industry, as well as other relevant ports, cargo owners and forwarding companies.

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Photo credit: Ports of Stockholm
Published: 8 February, 2024

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