Two maritime ammonia heavyweights have signed a long-term agreement to accelerate the maritime industry’s decarbonisation efforts. The Singapore-based Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD) and Copenhagen-based Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center (MMM) will join forces to pool their expertise, identify key opportunities and deliver pilot projects. Crucially, the new agreement combines the complementary strengths of the two organisations: MMM’s research & analytical capabilities, and GCMD’s technical expertise & financing capabilities.
Collaboration is key in accelerating the industry towards its net-zero vision…Learnings from our pilots and trials can be inputs for future research forming a feedback loop to refine the sector’s projected pathways to net-zero.Professor Lynn Loo, CEO of the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation in the organisation’s official press release, 24 Feb 2022
Located in Singapore, the world’s largest fueling hub, one of the largest ports, and in the middle of a strong eco-system, the GCMD provides significant complementary strengths.…We need all hands on deck, and this partnership is great news for the mission we are on – we are eager to collaborate on selected projects.Bo Cerup-Simonsen, CEO of Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping in the official press release, 24 Feb 2022
This is GCMD’s second significant partnership announcement this year. In early February, a similar agreement was signed with the Global Maritime Forum. In the press release, GCMD indicates they will support the Forum’s green corridor initiative: a topic recently explored at Ammonia Energy.
As far as maritime ammonia is concerned, the announcement couldn’t have come at a better time. GCMD is currently overseeing a comprehensive ammonia bunkering study that will enable ammonia bunkering trials to proceed at two Singapore locations to start in 2023. GCMD and MMM share a number of supporting partners, including some of the key organisations participating in the Singapore bunkering study. While MMM isn’t officially involved in the study (yet), more collaboration between the pair will undoubtedly lead to stronger outcomes.