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MAN Energy Solutions and DP World sign cooperation agreement

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MAN Energy Solutions has signed a cooperation agreement with DP World, the leading provider of smart logistics solutions. Effective immediately, the agreement targets common progress in the field of decarbonisation and is scheduled to run for five years with an option to extend thereafter.

Wayne Jones OBE – Chief Sales Officer, and Gaby Hanna – Senior Vice President and Head of Region – Middle East & Africa, acted as signatories for MAN Energy Solutions; while Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem – Group Chairman & CEO, signed on behalf of DP World. The signing ceremony was attended by Mohammed Al Muallem, Executive Vice President, DP World, and Captain Rado Antolovic, PhD, CEO, Drydocks World – a company of DP World.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said: “To achieve net zero emissions, we must recognize the importance of taking urgent and immediate steps to decarbonize shipping and the way to do that is by identifying opportunities to forge partnerships with leading industry players and governments to develop solutions that will allow us to reap tangible results.”

Jones said: “We have worked closely with DP World on many projects over the years and are very happy to enter into this formal agreement. In the transition towards a carbon-neutral future, we aim to achieve sustainable value-creation by addressing the challenges inherent to the marine, energy and industrial sectors. Ultimately, we intend to develop pioneering solutions to the issues posed by decarbonisation and will work with selected partners to achieve this.”

Agreement purpose and scope

Mutual areas of interest for the two companies include green-fuels infrastructure, future-proof conversions (LNG, methanol, ammonia, etc.), hybrid drives, electric engines R&D and training, and investigation of their respective, global footprints to further reduce the environmental impact of shipping traffic in terms of fuel consumption and emissions.

Unifeeder

MAN Energy Solutions has previously collaborated with the DP World Group on many occasions. The most recent of these was in September 2021 when the ‘ElbBLUE’, a containership operated by charterer Unifeeder – part of the DP World Group – bunkered 20 tons of green SNG (Synthetic Natural Gas) at Brunsbüttel, Germany. In a first for commercial shipping, the fuel was generated from 100% renewable energy via power-to-X technology.

Formerly known as the ‘Wes Amelie’, the 1,036-teu feeder container ship previously made headlines in 2017 when its MAN 8L48/60B main engine was retrofitted to its current, four-stroke MAN 51/60DF unit to enable dual-fuel operation. The first such conversion of its type globally, it showed that existing engines could be converted to LNG operation with a tremendous effect on exhaust emissions and the environment.

The Maritime Energy Transition

MAN Energy Solutions believes that it is time for what it calls a ‘Maritime Energy Transition’ to find clean, decarbonised solutions for seaborne trade and transportation. Essentially, it is the company’s call to action to reduce emissions and establish zero-carbon fuels as the fuels of choice in global shipping. It strongly promotes a common approach by the shipping industry and politics to invest in infrastructure development and retrofits.

Drydocks World

Drydocks World is the largest centre in the Middle East for ship repair, conversion, new building, rigs and MRO projects, with focus on renewables and energy-efficiency projects. DP World operates across key sectors of the global supply chain through its various business subsidiaries, helping move cargo seamlessly, efficiently and securely across the world.

MAN Energy Solutions

MAN Energy Solutions enables its customers to achieve sustainable value creation in the transition towards a carbon neutral future. Addressing tomorrow’s challenges within the marine, energy and industrial sectors, we improve efficiency and performance at a systemic level. Leading the way in advanced engineering for more than 250 years, we provide a unique portfolio of technologies. Headquartered in Germany, MAN Energy Solutions employs some 14,000 people at over 120 sites globally. Our after-sales brand, MAN PrimeServ, offers a vast network of service centres to our customers all over the world.

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MOL, MAN ES and MES-M sign Memorandum of Understanding

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. -MOL; President & CEO: Takeshi Hashimoto signed the Memorandum of Understanding with MAN Energy Solutions -MAN ES; CEO: Dr. Uwe Lauber; Headquarters: Augsburg and Mitsui E&S Machinery, Ltd. -MES-M; President: Ichiro Tanaka; Headquarters: Chuo-ku, Toky, to target the signing of purchase contract of an ammonia fueled main engine which is currently under development by MAN ES.

Ammonia is one of the top candidates as next-generation clean fuel that does not emit carbon dioxide. MOL addresses environmental issues in accordance with the “MOL Group Environmental Vision 2.1”, and continually strives to achieve net zero GHG emissions by 2050 and to deploy net zero emissions ocean-going vessels within the 2020s. MOL aim to order ammonia fueled main engine, a pioneer engine of net zero emission vessels aligned under this agreement, and to contribute to the realization of a decarbonized society.

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Maersk invests in Vertoro to develop green lignin marine fuels

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Maersk Growth, the corporate venture arm of A.P. Moller – Maersk, invests in Vertoro – a Dutch start-up focused on developing liquid lignin technology which can be used as a marine fuel.

Maersk’s investment will be used to further develop and commercialise Vertoro’s patented liquid lignin technology, and it will enable Vertoro to build a demo plant, which will become operational in 2022. The output of this plant will be used to develop marine fuels in partnership with Maersk as well as other applications for the materials and chemicals markets.

The minority investment supports A.P. Moller – Maersk’s work to decarbonise marine operations. Maersk expects several fuel types to exist alongside each other in the future and has identified four potential fuel pathways to decarbonisation: biodiesel, alcohols, ammonia, and lignin-enhanced alcohols. Lignin is a class of complex organic polymers which form key structural materials in the support tissues of most plants.

“Lignin fuels have a promising potential when it comes to decarbonising shipping. We consider Vertoro to be a leading start-up in the sustainable biomass-to-liquids space and we are excited to invest in the company and become part of the efforts to effectively scale up production of green fuels. Furthermore, we believe that we can offer value beyond capital through the expertise and scale of the broader Maersk organisation.” Peter Votkjaer Jorgensen Partner at Maersk Growth.

Vertoro, founded in 2017, produces liquid lignin exclusively from sustainably sourced forestry and agricultural residues by means of a patented thermochemical process. Like fossil oil, liquid lignin can be used as a platform for fuel, chemical and material applications.

“Our goal is to offer competitive, sustainable products to cost and environmentally conscious customers worldwide; a model inspired by no-frills disrupters in other industries that today are among the most profitable in their sector. This investment will bring us closer to reaching this goal in close cooperation with our committed team, our investors, and our partners.” Michael Boot Co-founder & CEO at Vertoro.

The investment in Vertoro is the third investment in the fuels of the future from Maersk Growth in less than two months. In September Maersk Growth invested in WasteFuel, a start-up focused on turning waste into sustainable aviation fuel, green bio-methanol, and renewable natural gas. Later followed the investment in Prometheus which is developing a direct air capture-technology to enable cost efficient, carbon neutral electro fuels.

These investment activities underline how Maersk Growth has added green fuels as an additional sub-investment theme under their overall umbrella of supply chain investments. Furthermore, these investments are part of the A.P. Moller – Maersk journey to become carbon neutral by 2050. Maersk recently announced a total of nine vessels capable of running on green methanol.

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Swire Group joins Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping

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John Swire & Sons Limited, the parent company of the Swire Group, and Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping signed a partnership agreement, committing to a long-term strategic collaboration around the development of safe and sustainable decarbonisation solutions for the maritime industry.

As a strategic partner, John Swire & Sons will be closely involved with the Center team and provide support in realising the Center’s transition strategy. Working together, they will explore opportunities to fund and research practical solutions to accelerate decarbonisation in the shipping industry.

John Swire & Sons will also join the Center Advisory Board guiding and contributing to the future development of the Center activities. As a multidisciplinary group Swire brings expertise across a diverse range of sectors and geographies, as well as valuable insights into regulatory and financing services.

In welcoming John Swire & Sons to the Center, CEO Bo Cerup-Simonsen says: “We welcome Swire to the Center with open arms and have great expectations of what we will achieve together. As a diversified company Swire brings experience and knowhow from a wide range of segments and can help us bridge learnings across disciplines and sectors which is essential when you are changing an entire business system.
We have a shared commitment to fight climate change through innovative and forward-looking solutions and I look very much forward to the collaboration!”

Sam Swire, Director of John Swire & Sons Limited says, “Next year, the Swire Group will have been involved in shipping for 150 years. Becoming a partner in the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping is an exciting step for us. We are committed to a sustainable shipping industry and this partnership allows us to work together with like-minded organisations to help the industry achieve that goal. Together with our partners at the Center, we will collectively address decarbonisation issues, develop new technologies and
exchange views on sustainability best practices at an industry level. We look forward to a fruitful partnership with the Center.”

Shipping’s road map to decarbonisation

With 70.000 ships consuming m300Tons fuel p.a. global shipping accounts for around 3% of global carbon emissions, a share that is likely to increase as other industries tackle climate emissions in the coming decades.

Achieving the long-term target of decarbonisation requires new fuel types and a systemic change within the industry. Shipping is a globally regulated industry, which provides an opportunity to secure broad-based industry adoption of new technology and fuels.

To accelerate the development of viable technologies a coordinated effort within applied research is needed across the entire supply chain. Industry leaders play a critical role in ensuring that laboratory research is successfully matured to scalable solutions matching the needs of industry. At the same time, new legislation will be required to enable the transition towards decarbonisation.

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