The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping is an umbrella organisation that has just been set up in Denmark to completely decarbonise shipping by 2050.  Now that our planet is facing unprecedented environmental challenges, the shipping industry, too, wants to step up its ambitions to emit less harmful substances.

A group of leading players in the sector have joined forces to establish the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping. This institution wants to work on the development of new fuel types and technologies. The founders of this initiative are ABS, AP Moller Maersk, Cargill, MAN Energy Solutions, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, NYK Lines and Siemens. The centre, which will be based in Copenhagen, Denmark, also received an initial donation of DKK 400 million (EUR 54 million) from the AP Moller Foundation.

As an independent research centre, it will work with industry, academia and government across the shipping industry to accelerate research into other fuels and other propulsion technologies and to support the creation of regulatory, financial and commercial resources to enable transformation. The board of directors of this new institution will be headed by Bo Cerup-Simonsen, who will also assume the role of CEO.

This structural engineer specializes in marine engineering and has a proven track record in leading large-scale industrial projects, marine technology, research and innovation. The founding partner companies bring together a great deal of specialised knowledge and research capacity. For example, Cargill aims to increase the viability and scalability of biofuels for the marine industry, as biofuels are an essential part of the energy mix in the transformation to carbon neutral fuels.

In this context, Cargill will explore new technologies to use more feedstock for biofuels.

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