New partners strengthen Green & Digital Shipping Corridor

17 Apr 2024 / Rotterdam, Netherlands

Hapag-Lloyd and three other partners have joined the Rotterdam-Singapore Green and Digital Shipping Corridor, furthering strengthening its efforts to accelerate digitalization and decarbonization of one of the worlds foremost shipping routes.

The Green and Digital Shipping Corridor was started by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and Port of Rotterdam Authority in August 2022 to accelerate decarbonisation and digitalisation on the one of the world’s foremost shipping routes. To-date, the initiative has brought together 26 global value-chain partners, including shipping lines, fuel suppliers, port authorities and leading financial and maritime institutions…

…Hapag-Lloyd is joining four other leading global container shipping lines which aim to deploy large container vessels running on zero-and near-zero emission fuels along the high-volume Asia-Europe trade lane.

The corridor partners have established working groups for the adoption of several zero and near-zero emission fuels on the route, including synthetic and bio-variants of methanol, ammonia, methane, and hydrogen...

…Corridor partners plan to carry out the first bio-LNG bunkering pilots by the end of 2024 and are working on standards and principles for the roll-out of methanol on the route. Studies are also underway to asses the potential of ammonia and hydrogen to reduce emissions on the route, including for possible novel ship designs to optimize the use of hydrogen.

On the digital front, Singapore and Rotterdam have successfully trialled the exchange of port-to-port data and are now able to exchange vessel arrival and departure times to facilitate port planning and optimize port-calls. Following this successful trial, the two ports will work on implementation for vessels calling both ports and start adding more ports to the network.

MPA and PoR have also jointly issued a call-for-proposal for solutions that enable efficient and secure data exchange, demonstrating the shore-shore and ship-shore exchange of operational, administrative, and nautical data based on global standards.

Together with PSA, both ports are also facilitating a proof of concept to conduct monitoring, reporting and verification of greenhouse gas emissions along the route.

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Source: Extracts from Port of Rotterdam press release dated 16 April 2024

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