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New progress report highlights Rotterdam-Singapore Green & Digital Shipping Corridor

Report mentions Rotterdam-Singapore GDSC adopting a “building-block” approach to decarbonise the trade lane, including developing and harmonising emerging methanol and ammonia bunkering.

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New progress report highlights Rotterdam-Singapore Green & Digital Shipping Corridor

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore on Saturday (2 December) said the progress of the Rotterdam-Singapore Green & Digital Shipping Corridor (GDSC) highlighted in the 2023 Annual Progress Report on Green Shipping Corridors published by the Global Maritime Forum.

“The report tracks how far the green shipping corridor movement has come since the launch of the Clydebank Declaration in 2021. It looks at their potential, assesses progress, identifies challenges, and offers recommendations, in particular by advancing the commercial-scale deployment of zero-emission fuels, vessels and infrastructure on promising routes,” MPA said in a social media post. 

Among the things mentioned in the report is that the Rotterdam-Singapore GDSC adopts a “building-block” approach to decarbonise the trade lane – by bringing together value chain stakeholders, identifying zero and near-zero fuel pathways, building an enabling ecosystem for deployment. 

“This includes developing and harmonising emerging methanol and ammonia bunkering standards in both ports, undertaking joint pilots and demonstration projects and exploring reduced port dues for zero and near-zero emission vessels,” MPA said. 

MPA and Port of Rotterdam established one of the world’s busiest GDSC in August 2022, bringing partners across the supply chain together with the ultimate aim to reach net-zero emissions in 2050. 

“Over the past year, the corridor has attracted strong support from more than 20 global value-chain partners, including shipping lines, port authorities and operators, fuel suppliers, fuel coalitions and associations, banks, leading institutes of higher learning and knowledge partners, with Hapag-Lloyd AG as the latest addition to the Corridor,” MPA added.

In a separate statement, the Global Maritime Forum said the report revealed a doubling of green corridor initiatives, increased maturity of existing projects, and a significant increase in the number of stakeholders involved.

The second edition of the Annual Progress Report on Green Shipping Corridors revealed that the number of green corridor initiatives around the world went from 21 to 44 over the past year, and finds substantial maturation among existing corridors, with multiple corridors clearing a progress stage, deciding on their priority fuels, and setting targets for operation. Beyond the numbers, ample evidence points to green corridors triggering pre-investment activity.

The report, released in conjunction with COP28, says that 2024 will prove pivotal for green corridors, which are defined as specific trade routes where the feasibility of zero-emission shipping is catalysed by public and private action. Along with the marked advancements, the report also identifies several emerging challenges that will need to be overcome as green shipping corridors move closer to implementation, including the need to make key fuel decisions and secure both commercial arrangements and governmental support.

“It is, of course, encouraging to see the emergence of so many new green corridor initiatives and the increased maturity of existing green corridors, but the other side of this maturation has been the unearthing of a new set of challenges as the corridors move closer to implementation,” Jesse Fahnestock, the Global Maritime Forum’s project director for decarbonisation, said. 

Note: Read more on the development of the Rotterdam-Singapore GDSC and the 2023 Annual Progress Report on Green Shipping Corridors here

Related: Partners in Rotterdam-Singapore Green & Digital Shipping Corridor support emission reductions 

Related: MPA and Port of Rotterdam sign MoU to form world’s longest Green and Digital Corridor

Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 4 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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