ZEPA onboards leading maritime organisations

ZEPA onboards leading maritime organisations

The Zero Emission Port Alliance (ZEPA) has announced the onboarding of 11 organisations from the container port industry.

Among the members are APM Terminals (APMT), CATL, DP World, Kempower, Patrick Terminals, Port of Aarhus, Port of Rotterdam, Rocsys, Sany, SSA Marine, and ZPMC.

The ZEPA members are committed to accelerating the adoption of Battery-Electric Container Handling Equipment (BE-CHE) together. Their collective effort is aimed to take a significant step to speed up port decarbonisation and make BE-CHE affordable and accessible within this decade.

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In the past months, ZEPA has conducted working sessions and initial analyses and held its first formal Steering Committee during TOC Europe on 11 June.

ZEPA is led by its Steering Committee, which held its first meeting at TOC Europe in Rotterdam. During the meeting, ZEPA members highlighted their membership as a key priority in their efforts to reduce emissions and to bring forward the Total Cost of Ownership parity of battery electric equipment with diesel.

Key industry leaders voiced their support and emphasised that change comes faster with cross-value chain collaboration. The alliance is designed and implemented in full compliance with all applicable anti-trust and competition laws, monitored by external legal counsel.

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Sahar Rashidbeigi, Global Head of Decarbonisation, APMT, stated: “Reflecting on our journey, it is incredible to see how far we have come since defining the problem at last year’s TOC Europe conference.

“From the ‘tipping point’ White Paper nine months ago to launching ZEPA with DP World in December during COP28, and now onboarding 11 key members across the value chain, our progress highlights that we are addressing a valuable problem that resonates across the industry, and it affirms our conviction that collaboration is essential to tackle it effectively.”

In March earlier this year, Hapag-Lloyd entered into a transformative contract agreement with Ankeri Solutions to provide an array of tools that aim to simplify and accelerate the decarbonisation process for its fleet.

More recently, Eni, Fincantieri, and RINA signed an agreement to develop joint initiatives for the energy transition in the maritime industry.

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