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Ports of Singapore and Rotterdam join forces to cut shipping emissions

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the Port of Rotterdam Authority (PoR), and 20 partners in the Green & Digital Shipping Corridor are collaborating to cut international shipping emissions by 20%-30% until 2030.

The agreement was made in the third Green Corridor workshop, which was held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands this week.

The Green & Digital Shipping Corridor was formed in August 2022 to bring together supply chain partners to achieve zero and near-zero emissions shipping on the Rotterdam-Singapore route, with the ultimate goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

The corridor has received strong support from global value-chain partners such as shipping lines, port authorities and operators, fuel suppliers, fuel coalitions and organisations, banks, premier universities of higher learning, and knowledge partners during the last year.

Moreover, the corridor will continue to intensify efforts to meet the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) increased goal under the 2023 IMO Strategy on reducing GHG Emissions from Ships.

This will be accomplished by the development and use of zero and near-zero emission fuels in large container vessels (at least 8,000 TEUs) deployed along the 15,000 km route, as well as through a mix of operational and digital efficiency.

According to a statement, a modelling study led by the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero-Carbon Shipping, one of the project’s corridor partners, and supported by the ports investigated multiple alternative fuels across a range of zero and near-zero emission pathways, such as synthetic and bio-variants of methanol, ammonia, and LNG.

Aside from the study, hydrogen is another possible fuel pathway that should be investigated. Efforts are being made to aggregate demand and supply in order to close the cost gap in the adoption of sustainable fuels.

Working groups have been formed to investigate the deployment of all of these fuels in the trade lane, covering topics such as fuel demand and supply, standards, safety procedures, financing, and legislation. This week, the corridor partners met in Rotterdam to determine the next measures for various fuel pathways.

Source: Container News


Rotterdam World Gateway to increase capacity by 1.8 million TEUs

Dutch container terminal Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) has agreed to a gradual extension of its terminal at the Prinses Amaliahaven on the Maasvlakte in the port of Rotterdam with its shareholders DP World, CMACGM/Terminal Link, HMM and MOL, and the Port of Rotterdam Authority.

Currently, RWG has access to approximately 1 million m² of land, 1,150 metres of deep-sea quay and 550 metres of barge/feeder quay. The Port of Rotterdam Authority (PoR) started construction of the quay walls in the Prinses Amaliahaven in the spring of 2021, expected to be completed by mid-2024.

The expansion of the current terminal consists of about 450,000m² in terms of terminal site and 920 metres of quay wall, which is expected to increase RWG’s container capacity by 1.8 million TEUs.

In the first phase, an extra berth for the deep‐sea activities will be realised and, in addition to further capacity expansion, the focus will also be on future‐oriented facilities in which automation, sustainability and connectivity remain central.

The extra berth is an extension to RWG’s existing terminal based on the same proven concept; fully automated, CO2 neutral and dedicated handling facilities for all modalities. In addition, the terminal will also be prepared for shore power and be connected to the Container Exchange Route (CER).

The berth is scheduled to be operational by the end of the fourth quarter of 2025, with commercial operations beginning in 2026.

The total investment will be approximately €500 million (US$550 million) and initially includes civil works, quay cranes, storage modules with automatic stacking cranes and electrical automatic guided vehicles.

Source: Container News