Ports of Rotterdam and Gothenburg to develop green shipping corridor

Ports of Rotterdam and Gothenburg to develop green shipping corridor

The Port Authorities of Rotterdam and Gothenburg have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the realisation of a Green Corridor to support sustainable shipping.

Under the agreement, the ports will further strengthen ongoing cooperation on decarbonisation and digitalisation.

As part of the Green Corridor initiative, the ports will establish a common framework for cooperation to promote the use of alternative fuels to meet goals of the Paris Agreement.

The parties intend to connect the Green Corridor between Gothenburg and Rotterdam to a larger network of deep-sea corridors – including the European Green Corridors Network launched in March this year by the Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero-Carbon Shipping.

Rotterdam recently also launched a large Green Corridor initiative with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.

“This Green Corridor initiative is part of our ongoing efforts to bring together parties across the supply chain to help realise more sustainable shipping in support of the Paris Agreement,” said Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.

“We are very pleased to further expand our ongoing cooperation with Gothenburg on sustainability in this way and we look forward to bringing more parties on board.”

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The MoU was signed in Gothenburg on 13 October, during a Dutch state visit to Sweden which took place in parallel to the chainPORTS summit in Gothenburg.

At the summit, parties discussed with eight other ports from around the world how they can contribute to accelerating the use green hydrogen in Europe and how to further develop digitalisation agendas.

“As one of the world’s most sustainable ports since many years, we are happy to share and spread our experience, as well as taking steps forward and joining forces with other world ports like the port of Rotterdam,” added Elvir Dzanic, CEO of the Gothenburg Port Authority.

“By fulfilling the pledges of the Clydebank Declaration from COP26 through green corridors, we can now present a more distinct path towards the decarbonisation of shipping.”

The Gothenburg Port Authority is collaborating with Stena Line, DFDS, Ørsted and Liquid Wind to establish Europe’s first electromethanol (e-fuels) hub.

The parties are engaging to set up an eMethanol value chain with the determination to have significant volumes of eMethanol accessible at the Port of Gothenburg.

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