Global shipping company MSC said it favors the use of green hydrogen and other biofuels in the future shipping fuel mix, Kallanish Energy reports.
The Switzerland-based maritime shipping firm told a conference earlier this week there’s no single solution to decarbonize shipping. Instead, the industry needs a range of alternative fuels “at scale and urgently.”
According to Bud Darr, vice president, Maritime Policy & Government Affairs at MSC Group, “the future of shipping and decarbonization will rely on strong partnerships from both the perspective of technology collaboration and procurement.”
The company sees liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a transition option, while carbon capture and storage could be useful if “perfected for marine use.”
However, MSC is further exploring the viability of hydrogen and hydrogen-derived fuels as a possible fuel source for container shipping. Other than costs, the development of hydrogen fuel cells still faces challenges mainly related to density, volume and safe handling.
“MSC is in favour of further R&D efforts to produce it in a greenhouse gas neutral way and to develop it at scale, along with other fuels that may derive from it,” said Darr.
The company said it’s engaging with potential vendors to investigate new solutions to minimize and “one day” eventually eradicate CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions from shipping fleets.
These also include complimentary battery power, alternative fuels, and possibly, wind and solar.
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