Sailing Towards a Zero-Carbon Horizon: Shipping’s Weekly Insights on Decarbonization

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African maritime players are urged to adapt to the continent’s green transition by implementing new training infrastructure for seafarers, as reported by Xinde Marine.

Seafarers demand

The demand for seafarers skilled in handling low and zero-carbon fuels and new technologies is expected to grow as the maritime industry aims for a decarbonized sector by 2050. Research suggests that up to 800,000 seafarers may require additional training by the mid-2030s to work with these environmentally friendly fuels. Noteworthy initiatives include the National Seafarer Development Programme (NSDP) and the IMEC South African cadet training program, which is set to launch this year with the first group of 50 cadets starting their training.

Alliances for Decarbonization

IRENA and ThyssenKrupp have entered into a partnership agreement to advance green hydrogen solutions and promote the global development and goals of the Paris Agreement. The collaboration will focus on the large-scale production, supply, and transport of green hydrogen and other renewable energy carriers across the entire value chain. This partnership aims to contribute to the transition towards a greener future.

In a separate partnership, MariApps Marine Solutions and zero44 have joined forces to assist shipping companies in complying with the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). By combining MariApps’ digital solution suites for the maritime industry with zero44’s expertise in carbon regulation, the two companies offer a comprehensive solution for EU ETS compliance. The solution covers performance optimization, data collection, reporting, stakeholder alignment, Union Registry management, and trading access, providing a streamlined process for maritime companies to meet their regulatory obligations. 

Prominent maritime ports, academia & innovation hubs unite to accelerate hydrogen innovation: Leading maritime ports, universities, and innovation hubs from Australia, Brazil, Chile, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands have come together to form the Platform Zero Global Partnership for Hydrogen Innovation. This groundbreaking initiative aims to expedite innovation in the field of green hydrogen. Fourteen organizations, innovation hubs, and universities have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support hydrogen innovation and accelerate the transition to renewable energy. The signing took place in Rotterdam, under the supervision of the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Ms. Liesje Schreinemacher. The partnership includes prominent entities such as Platform Zero, Port of Rotterdam, and the City of Rotterdam, and demonstrates a global commitment to driving forward the development of green hydrogen technologies.

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Source: Xinde Marine