French oil major Total joins Shipping Decarbonization Project of Maersk
French oil company Total said it will contribute to the shipping giant Maersk's project aimed at developing new alternative fuels and carbon neutral solutions for ships.
As the maritime industry continues its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint, the nonprofit Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping was established in 2020.
The center will produce overviews of decarbonization pathways, accelerate the production of decarbonizing fuels and power technologies, and promote the creation of transformation-enabled financial and commercial means.
“Decarbonizing shipping can only be achieved through comprehensive collaboration across maritime and energy sectors. Total share our vision of a zero-carbon maritime industry and acknowledgement of the vast effort required to get there," stated Bo Cerup-Simonsen CEO of Maersk Mc Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping.
"In joining the Center, they bring onboard vital experience and knowledge contributing to establish projects and activities that will accelerate the development of tomorrow’s solution,” he added.
As a strategic partner, Total said it would directly contribute to strategic initiatives through the secondment of R&D and shipping experts and the sharing of test equipment. It will also join the Advisory Board to provide strategic and technical advice for the further development of the operations of the Centre.
“This partnership with the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center is a further step of our global R&D effort on decarbonization, which encompasses both internal R&D programs and participations into several industry initiatives and international coalitions,” said Marie-Noëlle Semeria, Chief Technology Officer, Total
Maritime Business World