A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Crowley and Shell Trading (US) Company (Shell) will see the two companies support a range of alternative energy solutions for future shoreside and terminal operations.
As part of an ongoing project, the pair aim to deliver lower-carbon fuel solutions through the design, build and operation of what is said to be the largest LNG bunker barge on the East Coast of the USA.
Once future agreements are signed, Shell aims to support the development of Crowley’s lower-emissions solutions for a shoreside charging station at the Port of San Diego. The site is also where Crowley’s all-electric ship assist tug the eWolf will begin operations in 2023.
Under the MoU both Shell and Crowley will continue to investigate how sustainable solutions for the US maritime industry can be jointly developed; these may include lower-emissions vessels and technology in ports in the West, Gulf and East Coast of the country in addition to further electrification and net-zero solutions for terminals.
By 2050 Crowley aims to achieve net-zero emissions in collaboration with its partners.
“We are pleased to expand our scope of work with Shell, a trusted partner whose commitments carry global impact, as we continue on our sustainability journey,” said Paul Manzi, vice president, Crowley Shipping. “Together, we look forward to making significant strides to reduce global emissions, innovating our vessels and equipment and progressing toward net-zero while delivering value and performance for customers.”
“We recognize that the world is in the midst of an energy transition, and we’re working hard to play our part,” commented Maarten Poort, general manager, Shell Shipping & Maritime Americas. “We are proud of the relationship we have with Crowley and are excited about the opportunities we have to support them on their decarbonization journey.”