Plan for first trans-Pacific green shipping corridor outlined

by | 5th October 2023 | Commercial Shipping, The Naval Architect - News

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Plans for the creation of the first-ever green shipping corridor across the Pacific have been unveiled by the Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach and Port of Shanghai.

The ports, together with other stakeholders, including some of the largest carriers in the world, deem the Green Shipping Corridor Implementation Plan as a significant step towards accelerating emissions reductions on one of the world’s busiest container shipping routes across the Pacific Ocean.

The plan intends to highlight cutting-edge goods movement technology, decarbonisation applications, and best management practises to improve efficiency.

As part of the proposals, the carrier partners will begin deploying reduced or zero lifecycle carbon capable ships on the Shanghai-San Pedro Bay green shipping corridor by 2025, and work together to demonstrate by 2030 the feasibility of deploying the world’s first zero lifecycle carbon emission container ships.

Carrier partners include CMA CGM, COSCO Shipping Lines, Maersk and ONE. Core partners include the Shanghai International Port (Group) Co. Ltd, the China Classification Society and the Maritime Technology Co-operation Center of Asia.

Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, says: “This trans-Pacific green corridor will be a model for the global co-operation needed to accelerate change throughout the maritime industry. Reducing emissions in this corridor will yield substantial reductions.

“For perspective, most of the emissions associated with moving cargo by ship occur in the mid-ocean part of the journey between ports. This corridor will help reduce mid-ocean emissions while continuing the work we have done to cut emissions within our ports.”

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