MSC said they will be further exploring the viability of hydrogen and fuels derived from it as a possible fuel source for the future for container shipping. Also, the line expects to use biofuels within its existing fleet.
Bud Darr, Executive Vice President Maritime Policy & Government Affairs at MSC Group has stated this during the Maritime Transport Efficiency Conference.
Bud Darr said, “There’s no one single solution to decarbonize shipping; we need a range of alternative fuels at scale and we need them urgently.”
The future of shipping and decarbonization will rely on strong partnerships from both the perspective of technology collaboration and procurement,” Bud further said.
According to the UN International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) policy goals to decarbonize shipping, MSC is actively exploring and trialing a range of alternative fuels and technologies.
Further, Bud mentioned that industry partnerships could help accelerate the development of clean hydrogen for the benefit of the entire container shipping industry.
Despite some significant challenges to overcome mainly related to density, volume, and safe handling, MSC is in favor of further R&D efforts to produce it in a greenhouse gas neutral way and to develop it at scale, along with other fuels that may derive from it.
MSC is also pioneering the large-scale usage of biofuel blends for container ships and is already bunkering responsibly sourced, up to 30% biofuel lends on a routine basis in Rotterdam.
Furthermore, the world’s largest class of container ships, MSC’s Gülsün Class, was fitted at delivery in 2019-20 with the option to convert in the future to liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a potential bridging fuel as part of the industry’s transition towards a zero-carbon future.
MSC contributes actively to the work of industry groups and associations and supports their proposal to the IMO to create a new R&D fund to support GHG reduction in the maritime sector.
MSC believes there must be a massive injection of energy and capital into R&D efforts to bring alternative fuels and alternative propulsion technologies to the marketplace for them to deploy and decarbonize in the longer term.
MSC is therefore engaging with potential vendors to investigate new solutions that would help to minimize and one day, to eventually eradicate CO2 and other GHG emissions from shipping fleets.
Credit to: MSC