MSC and Shell sign decarbonisation technology partnership

(l-r) Soren Toft, CEO MSC, and Huibert Vigeveno, Downstream Director, Royal Dutch Shell

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company and Shell have signed a new agreement to work together on shipping decarbonisation projects, as developers and early adopters of new technologies and fuel systems.

The companies plan to develop a range of safe, sustainable and competitive technologies that can reduce emissions from existing assets and help to enable a net-zero emissions future for shipping.

“MSC’s efforts to decarbonise include strong partnerships with a range of companies across the industry. This partnership with Shell is a great example of the type of commitment that is needed to catalyse low-carbon solutions for the shipping sector,” said Bud Darr, EVP Maritime Policy and Government Affairs, MSC Group.

“To reach that ultimate goal of complete decarbonisation, we must look at a set of solutions. We need significant advances in research and development and fuel development.”

“MSC welcomes partnerships like this with Shell that are designed to facilitate cross-sector information sharing and prove how collaboration is key in defining the best pathway to a net-zero future.”

In addition to trialling alternative fuel systems, such as biofuels, fuel cells and flexi-fuel concept vessels, the firms will also collaborate on deploying new energy efficiency technologies, including digital services and platforms.

In addition, the partners aim to work together to engage with industry stakeholders on strategic policy issues, with the purpose of enabling constructive dialogue and to accelerate decarbonisation in the sector.

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