Halifax & Hamburg sign deal to decarbonise shipping corridor

Halifax-Hamburg MOU Sept. 29 (3)

The Halifax Port Authority and Hamburg Port Authority have signed a new agreement to work to decarbonise the shipping corridor between the two ports.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Halifax Port Authority and the Hamburg Port Authority is now in effect, signed in Hamburg on 29 September 2022.

Jens Meier, the CEO of the Hamburg Port Authority, and Captain Allan Gray, President and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority, signed the MoU.

The focus of the collaboration is on:

1.            Port infrastructure for bunkering, and the exporting of green hydrogen and derivatives in the Port of Halifax;

2.            Port infrastructure for bunkering, and the importing of green hydrogen and derivatives in the Port of Hamburg;

3.            Fostering collaboration between value chain partners, shipping lines and other interests to advance the use of green energy on the corridor;

4.            Working towards favourable conditions for decarbonisation, among other things by lobbying for aligned regulatory measures, financial incentives, and safety regulations, as well as working with local communities; 

5.            Sharing knowledge and technology and establishing industry contacts to enable the acceleration of decarbonisation within this route.

The purpose of the collaboration, the signees noted, is to:

1.            Advance renewable hydrogen technologies;

2.            Accelerate the global energy transition;

3.            Support cooperation between the two countries in expanding the global hydrogen economy;

4.            Enable Canadian companies to deploy their technologies more easily in the German market;

5.            Provide German companies with opportunities to invest in growing manufacturing capabilities in Canada.

“We have a long relationship of cooperation and share a mutual drive and commitment toward sustainability and digitalisation,” said Captain Gray. “It seems only natural that we continue to collaborate to decarbonise a significant trade route between our two ports.”

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“The Halifax Port Authority and Hamburg Port Authority are demonstrating leadership in this sector,” said Tim Houston, Premier of Nova Scotia.

“They are not waiting for the arrival of hydrogen to begin their operational changes. They are doing the work today.”

Earlier this year PSA International Pte Ltd (PSA) and Halifax Port Authority announced PSA’s acquisition of Ceres Halifax Inc. from Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha.

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