MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has added its weight as a steering member of the Hydrogen Council. The global coalition of CEOs committed to accelerating the energy transition with hydrogen now counts 109 companies from 20+ countries as members, including shipping lines CMA CGM and NYK.

The initiative is part of MSC’s wider approach to decarbonisation which has already seen the company pioneer the use of biofuels as a blended marine fuel and now sees MSC work with others to advance the exploration viability of hydrogen and fuels derived from it as potentially viable fuel sources for container shipping.

Bud Darr, executive vice president, maritime policy and government affairs, MSC Group, said, “MSC is actively engaging with a wide range of stakeholders to accelerate the development of clean hydrogen fuels for shipping.

“The future of shipping and decarbonisation will rely on strong partnerships from both the perspective of technology collaboration and procurement.

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“There must be a massive injection of energy and capital into R&D efforts to bring alternative fuels and alternative propulsion technologies to the marketplace to decarbonise all industries in the longer term.”

He said initiatives such as the Hydrogen Council provide just the right platform to accelerate R&D, as well as to facilitate cross-industry collaboration.

“The future of shipping and decarbonisation will rely on strong partnerships from both the perspective of technology collaboration and procurement,” Mr Darr said.

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