Outline for first-ever green shipping corridor across the Pacific unveiled
The creation of the first-ever green shipping corridor across the Pacific is taking shape. Last week, a voluntary partnership of leading maritime goods movement stakeholders, including the Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Shanghai, some of the largest carriers in the world, and key leading cargo owners unveiled a Green Shipping Corridor Implementation Plan Outline to accelerate emissions reductions on one of the world’s busiest container shipping routes across the Pacific Ocean. The plan is the first of its kind and was developed with support from C40 Cities as part of its effort to reduce carbon emissions from the largest cities in the world.
The plan is an important step toward decarbonising the global supply chains that power our economies, and transitioning toward zero lifecycle carbon emission ships. It will showcase cutting-edge goods movement technologies, decarbonisation applications and best management practices to enhance efficiency, and catalyse technological, economic and policy efforts to progressively decarbonise shipping and port-related activities.
As part of the historic plan, the carrier partners will begin deploying reduced or zero lifecycle carbon-capable ships on the corridor by 2025, and work together to demonstrate by 2030 the feasibility of deploying the world’s first zero lifecycle carbon emission container ship(s). Carrier partners include CMA CGM, COSCO Shipping Lines Co., Ltd, Maersk and ONE. Core partners include the Shanghai International Port (Group) Co., Ltd, the China Classification Society, and the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre of Asia.
Participants in the Green Shipping Corridor Partnership will take steps to reduce carbon emissions and harmful pollutant emissions impacting air quality, through methods such as expanding use of shore power and supporting the development of clean marine fuelling infrastructure. Cargo owner partners have set goals to contract with carriers to use zero lifecycle carbon emission shipping services, and in an effort to measure progress toward decarbonisation, all partners will develop metrics to track decarbonisation progress, highlighted a release.
Source: Exim News Service: Los Angeles/Shanghai, Sept. 26