Stolt Tankers joins Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping as strategic partner

Today, Stolt Tankers and Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping signed a Partnership Agreement that formalises their joint working. With this agreement, Stolt Tankers becomes an official partner to the Center, committing to long-term collaboration around the development of zero carbon solutions for the maritime industry.

Through this partnership the two organisations commit to extensive knowledge sharing and to exploring future fuel pathways where Stolt Tankers bring valuable expertise around the challenges and safety aspects of handling fuels and chemicals both at sea and in terminals.

Other possible areas of collaboration include energy efficiency opportunities and new technologies where Stolt Tankers has a long history of looking across and beyond the shipping industry as a driver of innovative solutions. As a partner, Stolt Tankers will directly contribute through secondments of R&D- and shipping experts as well as test capacity of its own vessels in relevant demonstration projects and activities.

Lucas Vos, President Stolt Tankers commented: “At Stolt Tankers we are committed to working with other industry leaders, our customers and suppliers to build a zero carbon maritime industry. I strongly believe that the knowhow, innovation and creativity needed for a greener future cannot be achieved by any one company alone and am excited to have joined the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping so that we can solve some of the decarbonisation challenges that our industry faces, together.

"Our team will bring valuable insights to the Center through our advanced knowledge and expertise, not only in the chemical tanker segment, but by leveraging the wider knowledge of our colleagues across the Stolt-Nielsen business. I am proud to be part of an organisation that is helping to create a sustainable future for all.”

In welcoming Stolt Tankers on board, CEO Bo Cerup-Simonsen says: “With Stolt Tankers we are getting a partner with extensive knowledge and expertise in transport and handling of fuels and chemicals which is critical for assessing viable pathways for future fuels. They bring an innovative spirit which is evident in their operations, their impressive project portfolio and their commitment to a carbon neutral future for shipping. We look very much forward to the collaboration.”

Shipping’s road map to decarbonisation

With 70.000 ships consuming m300Tons fuel p.a. global shipping accounts for around 3% of global carbon emissions, a share that is likely to increase as other industries tackle climate emissions in the coming decades.

Achieving the long-term target of decarbonisation requires new fuel types and a systemic change within the industry. Shipping is a globally regulated industry, which provides an opportunity to secure broad-based industry adoption of new technology and fuels.

To accelerate the development of viable technologies a coordinated effort within applied research is needed across the entire supply chain. Industry leaders play a critical role in ensuring that laboratory research is successfully matured to scalable solutions matching the needs of industry. At the same time, new legislation will be required to enable the transition towards decarbonisation.

About the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping

The Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping is a not-for-profit, independent research- and development center working across the energy- and shipping sectors with industry, academia and authorities. With Partners, the Center create overview of viable decarbonization pathways, facilitate the development and implementation of new energy solutions; build confidence in new concepts and their supply chains; and accelerate the transition by defining and maturing viable strategic pathways to the required systemic change. The Center is placed in Copenhagen but work with partners globally.

The Center was founded in 2020, made possible by a start-up donation of DKK 400m by the A.P. Møller Foundation. Strategic Partners to the Center include: Alfa Laval, American Bureau of Shipping, A.P. Moller - Maersk, Cargill, Environmental Defense Fund, Haldor Topsoe, MAN Energy Solutions, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, NORDEN, NYK Line, Siemens Energy and Total.