MSC joins Hydrogen Council to work towards decarbonisation in shipping

MSC joins Hydrogen Council to work towards decarbonisation in shipping
Bud Darr, executive vice president, maritime policy and government affairs at MSC Group

MSC has joined the Hydrogen Council as a steering member to foster cross-sector collaboration, aiming to accelerate research and development related to clean hydrogen derived fuels and solutions.

The initiative is part of the carrier’s wide approach to decarbonisation, which has so far featured the use of biofuels as a blended marine fuel.

The Geneva-based company is looking to collaborate with others to advance the exploration viability of hydrogen and fuels derived from it as potentially viable fuel sources for container shipping.

Bud Darr, executive vice president, maritime policy and government affairs, MSC Group, said: “MSC is actively engaging with a wide range of stakeholders to accelerate the development of clean hydrogen fuels for shipping.

“The future of shipping and decarbonisation will rely on strong partnerships from both the perspective of technology collaboration and procurement. There must be a massive injection of energy and capital into R&D efforts to bring alternative fuels and alternative propulsion technologies to the marketplace to decarbonise all industries in the longer term.”

The Hydrogen Council is a global CEO-led initiative that hopes to bring together companies with a long-term ambition for hydrogen to foster the clean energy transition.

Industry partnerships are needed to accelerate the development of clear hydrogen and fuels derived from it for the benefit of the entire container shipping industry, noted the carrier.

Darr added: “The future of shipping and decarbonisation will rely on strong partnerships from both the perspective of technology collaboration and procurement.”