SINGAPORE’S Pacific International Lines has become the latest carrier to explore new measures to speed up the decarbonisation of shipping.

On Monday [15 April], PIL signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the China Classification Society Wuhan Rules and Research Institute (CCSWR) pledging to deepen cooperation in shipping decarbonisation and beyond. A directly affiliated unit of China Classification Society, CCSWR develops classification regulations and technical standards, as well as providing technical services.

The MOU was signed by PIL’s head of fleet division Goh Chung Hun and director of CCSWR Gan Shaowei, in front of PIL CEO Lars Kastrup, PIL executive chairman S.S. Teo, and CCS president Sun Feng.

Under the MOU, both PIL and CCSWR will explore the use of alternative fuels as well as onboard carbon capture and storage system to reduce greenhouse gases emissions from vessels. The increased collaboration will also see PIL and CCSWR cooperate extensively in the following areas, among others:

  • Green fuel supply chains
  • Sustainability regulation compliance
  • Knowledge sharing on marine green fuel bunkering and lashing technology
  • Upskilling personnel from both organisations on new technologies and best practices

“Sustainability is at the core of PIL’s operations,” the company said. “As we take concrete action to drive a sustainable future, we also believe in joining forces with like-minded partners like CCSWR so that we can augment each other’s efforts to achieve our common environmental goals.”