Norden joins maritime decarbonisation group

Danish shipping company Norden has signed a partnership agreement with the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping.

Commenting on the agreement, Norden CEO, Jan Rindbo, said the company was ‘deeply committed to our decarbonisation agenda’ and to its target of being carbon-neutral by 2050. He also highlighted the importance of working ‘together as an industry’ to tackle the climate challenge.

‘The centre is a powerful alliance, mobilising the best minds from science, engineering and business,’ said Rindbo. ‘By working together, we believe we can accelerate the transition to a greener future for shipping.’

As strategic partner, Norden will contribute directly to the work of the centre on projects related to the development and implementation of future fuels and zero carbon technologies.

For example, the company will provide ‘sailing laboratories’ – using its owned fleet to carry out tests of new fuels or alternative wind propulsion systems. Employees from the Norden decarbonisation team as well as technical and commercial colleagues will provide their expertise on various projects.

As previously reported, in December, Norden carried out a third test voyage using biofuel. The company is open about its ambition to offer biofuel to customers as a green transportation option.

In welcoming Norden to the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon shipping, CEO Bo Cerup-Simonsen said: ‘Transitioning to zero carbon shipping is not about finding one silver bullet applicable across segments. A valid transition narrative builds on a holistic supply chain perspective combined with in depth understanding of the technology and fuels, but also the complexity of individual segments, business models and ship owning structures.

‘With Norden, we bring on board 150 years of experience and invaluable knowledge within dry bulk and tanker segments, and we are truly looking forward to the collaboration.’

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry