MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) has joined the Hydrogen Council, a global industry body, as a steering member in a move that it hopes will foster cross-sector collaboration to accelerate research and development related to clean hydrogen-derived fuels and solutions.
The group says this is part of a wider approach to decarbonization, which has already seen the company expand the use of biofuels as a blended marine fuel.
“MSC is actively engaging with a wide range of stakeholders to accelerate the development of clean hydrogen fuels for shipping,” said Bud Darr, executive vice president, maritime policy and government affairs at MSC. “The future of shipping and decarbonization will rely on strong partnerships from both the perspective of technology collaboration and procurement. There must be a massive injection of energy and capital into R&D efforts to bring alternative fuels and alternative propulsion technologies to the marketplace to decarbonize all industries in the longer term. Initiatives such as the Hydrogen Council provide just the right platform to accelerate R&D, as well as to facilitate cross-industry collaboration.”