Strengthening of climate ambitions by the International Maritime Organization earlier this year has led to enhanced interest in exploring a range of options to help the maritime ecosystem decarbonise.
One exciting option is that of ‘green shipping corridors’ – end-to-end maritime routes between ports with a vessel operating on a low-emission fuel, and refuelling using infrastructure in both ports.
At COP26 in Glasgow two years ago, the ‘Clydebank Declaration’ was signed by 26 nations who committed to establishing green shipping corridors. The aim: to have six in operation globally by the mid-2020s.
Connected Places Catapult has helped to develop the business case for one green corridor between the Port of Tyne and the Port of Rotterdam – using renewable e-methanol as the preferred choice of fuel – in a project known as the ‘Clean Tyne Shipping Corridor’.
It forms part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Round 2, funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK. We have been working with highly specialised teams from Newcastle University, Lloyd’s Register, Arup, EDF Energy R&D UK, Port of Tyne and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership.