MAN Energy Solutions and UGS make joint maritime decarbonisation commitment

MAN Energy Solutions and the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) have announced their mutual commitment to a policy of decarbonisation – with a special emphasis on the testing and development of alternative fuels.

According to the partners, the commitment, made during Posidonia earlier this month, ‘recognises the vital role’ that engine designers and manufacturers play, and that shipping’s decarbonisation requires the contribution of ‘multiple stakeholders’.

To that end, the meeting also delivered concrete proposals, with both parties agreeing to support Greece’s National Merchant Marine Academy through the contribution of teaching material to the Academy’s syllabus, as well as donations of equipment for teaching purposes.

‘In MAN Energy Solutions’ view, decarbonisation can best be achieved through forging alliances,’ said Wayne Jones OBE, Member of the Executive Board – Global Sales & After Sales – MAN Energy Solutions. ‘As ever, Posidonia has proven invaluable as a platform for meeting like-minded partners such as UGS, with its influential position within the Greek – and indeed, global – maritime industry. I am very happy that we are travelling on this sustainable route together.’

MAN Energy Solutions believes that decarbonisation in shipping can only happen by decarbonising the fuels used in internal combustion engines. As large, ocean-going vessels cannot be electrified with batteries or fuel cells, the company is convinced that large combustion engines will continue to power such ships in the future.

And while the engine manufacturer acknowledged that fuels like LNG, LPG, ethane and bio-fuels ‘may well bring the global fleet closer to 2050 emission targets’, the company believes that alternative fuels such as green ammonia, methanol, synthetic methane, and green hydrogen have the potential – when produced through renewable energy – to become completely net-zero.

‘As these alternative fuels cannot be combusted in regular, single-fuel engines or be distributed through existing networks, a multi-stakeholder endeavour will be needed to resolve – through research, development and deployment – any safety and availability-related issues and to provide the required port infrastructure,’ MAN Energy solutions said.

Rhys Berry