Maersk backs US Clean Shipping Act

Denmark-based shipper Maersk has said that it supports the US Clean Air Shipping Act 2022, a bill that goes further than the proposals put forward by the IMO.

The bill has been introduced in the US House of Representatives and seeks to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from all international ships that call at US ports.

On Tuesday September 20th US Congressman Alan Lowenthal from California published a letter sent by AP Moller-Maersk’s CEO Soren Skou to himself and the bill’s co-sponsor, Congresswoman Nanette Barragán, also form California. The letter confirmed the Maersk’s support for the proposed legislation.

AP Moller-Maersk is also parent to one of the leading global terminal operators, APM Terminals, which operates large container terminals at the Port of Los Angeles, at Pier 400, and the Port of New York and New Jersey, at Port Elizabeth.

The Clean Shipping Act of 2022, was introduced to the House of Representatives in July and aims to net-zero out pollution from all ocean-shipping companies that do business with the US. This would be achieved by setting carbon intensity standards for fuels used by ships calling at US ports, including eliminating carbon by 2040, and requirements to eliminate in-port ship emissions by 2030. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would in the regulating agency.

AP Møller-Maersk CEO Soren Skou said that “AP Møller-Maersk has worked on the decarbonization of the shipping sector for over a decade and we are committed to be net zero across our business and value chain by 2040, with 100% green solutions for our customers. We have also committed for all our new vessels to be capable of sailing on renewable fuels. This led us to order the first 12 large ocean-going container vessels capable of being operated on green methanol, to be delivered in 2024-2025. However, in order to demonstrate and accelerate the transition, clear signals from leading nations such as the US and regions such as the EU are needed, even if such measures are inherently regional in their reach.”

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is still in the process of finalizing its climate change strategy, which has been a source of tension between countries. Currently the IMO has set an initial strategy for a 50% reducing in overall GHG from shipping by 2050 (compared to 2008 levels).