A.P. Moller – Maersk on Thursday (25, June) said leading shipping industry players are taking the next step to develop new fuel types and technologies by launching the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping.
The founding company partners behind this initiative are ABS, A.P. Møller – Mærsk, Cargill, MAN Energy Solutions, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, NYK Line and Siemens Energy.
As a group, they bring a common commitment to decarbonising shipping and specialised knowledge and research capabilities.
The center, which will be based in Copenhagen, Denmark, is supported by a start-up donation of DKK 400m (USD 60 million) by the A.P. Møller Foundation, it said.
“With this donation, The A. P. Møller Foundation wishes to support the efforts to solve the climate issue in global shipping,” said Chairman of the Board in the A.P. Møller Foundation, Ane Uggla.
“My father, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was a visionary leader concerned about shipping’s impact on the environment
“Already in the 1980’s he championed the use of low sulphur fuel, and he pioneered the first double hull oil tankers in the 1990’s to minimize the risk of oil spills.
“Therefore, I find it very natural that my Father’s name will be connected to the center.”
The center will be a non-profit organization, set up as a commercial foundation with a charitable purpose, working across the entire shipping sector with industry, academia and authorities.
A specialised, cross-disciplinary team will collaborate globally to create overviews of decarbonisation pathways, accelerate the development of selected decarbonising fuels and powering technologies, and support the establishment of regulatory, financial and commercial means to enable transformation, noted the company.
Furthermore, the founding partners will donate expert people resources and/or testing platforms to support the operations. The Center is expected to attract several more partner companies in the future, said the company.
During the first two to three years the center will recruit around 100 employees to the Copenhagen-based office and collaborate with new partners across the globe.
The founding partner companies have committed one-third of the needed staff, the remaining two-thirds will be recruited independently.
In addition to leadership and administration, the Center staff will include subject matter experts in energy, fuels and ship technology as well as regulatory affairs, finance and the global energy transition.
Photo credit: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
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