Port of London to partner with RightShip on decarbonisation strategy

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has agreed a new partnership with RightShip to support the transition to Net Zero on the river Thames by 2050.

Under the partnership, the PLA will use RightShip’s Maritime Emissions Portal (MEP) to improve its measurement of data and ability to identify opportunities for improvement in its decarbonisation strategy.

A sustainability data assessment tool, the MEP combines AIS vessel movement data with RightShip’s vessel insight data to identify areas of concern and opportunities to reduce environmental impact. 

“As the largest port in the UK, covering 95 miles of the Thames and handling over 50 million tonnes of cargo annually, we have a responsibility to lead the way on the sustainability transition,” said Robin Mortimer, Chief Executive at the PLA.

“This partnership will provide us with valuable data and insights to effectively measure emissions and develop targeted strategies to not only reduce the environmental impact on the river and estuary, but also improve the air quality and health of local communities.”

The MEP will employ an energy-based modelling approach to calculate emissions from vessels operating within the port boundary, measuring up to 16 different emissions against targets specified by the Port of London Authority.

The collaboration will also provide the team at RightShip with live operational data from the port, enabling the ongoing development and refinement of the MEP based on real-time insights into its functioning.

“The current moment is a critical one for maritime decarbonisation with indicative checkpoints being set by the IMO at MEPC 80 for a 20% reduction in green-house gas emissions by 2030. This will require players across the maritime sector to take swift action on decarbonisation now and ports have a key role to play in this,” said Andrew Roberts, Executive Director, EMEA at RightShip. 

“Our Maritime Emissions Portal is a crucial tool for ports and terminals to measure and reduce their emissions while improving air quality in their ports for the benefit of local communities. The Port of London Authority is setting the standard in its ambitions to become a thriving net-zero beacon by 2050, and we’re committed to helping them get there.”

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