Lloyd’s Register Maritime Decarbonisation Hub and partners launch ‘The Silk Alliance’ to develop a Green Corridor Cluster beginning with intra-Asia container trade.
Lloyd’s Register Maritime Decarbonisation Hub is working with 11 leading cross-supply chain stakeholders to develop a fleet fuel transition strategy that can enable the establishment of a highly scalable Green Corridor Cluster.
Initiated by the Lloyd’s Register Maritime Decarbonisation Hub, The Silk Alliance brings together a diverse group of organisations whose collaboration can advance the decarbonisation of the maritime industry. These include shipowners, such as MSC Shipmanagement Ltd., Pacific International Lines (Pte) Ltd (PIL), Wan Hai Lines, X-Press Feeders, Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp.; shipyard, Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M); bunker logistical supplier, Singfar International; engine manufacturer, Wärtsilä; ship manager, Wilhelmsen Ship Management; and financial institutions, the Asian Development Bank and ING.
At the outset, these members will collaborate to send an aggregated demand signal for other stakeholders such as fuel providers, port operators and governments to support the Green Corridor Cluster.
The Silk Alliance members will draw from their individual areas of expertise to develop a fleet-specific fuel transition strategy for container ships operating primarily in Asia, based on the Lloyd’s Register Maritime Decarbonisation Hub’s First Mover Framework. This is designed to strengthen leadership and foster collaboration in the maritime industry to meet its COP26 commitments and to demonstrate tangible actions that can lower the investment risk that is currently preventing the wider uptake of sustainable carbon-neutral fuels.
The initiative is named after the maritime section of the historic Silk Road, linking Southeast Asia to China, the Indian subcontinent and the Arabian Peninsula, which expanded over the course of centuries to incorporate new technologies and cultures. The cross-supply chain collaboration is dedicated to delivering learnings to enable safe, commercially viable and sustainable marine transport in support of the industry’s long-term strategy to decarbonise international shipping by 2050.
Charles Haskell, Lloyd’s Register’s Decarbonisation Programme Manager, said, “This is a first-of-its-kind in developing fleet transition strategies for multiple stakeholders, not just with the support of major players within the maritime industry, but also with operators in other industries that serve the maritime supply network – the shipowners, shipyard managers, financial institutions, bunker suppliers and engine manufacturers.
“The Silk Alliance aims to establish a fleet-specific decarbonisation strategy and green corridor implementation plan that encompasses key links in the maritime supply network which are critical to providing maritime players of all sizes with the resources to transition to carbon neutral fuels and vessels.”
Goh Chung Hun, General Manager, Fleet, PIL said: “PIL is happy to be a member of The Silk Alliance, as we are a key proponent of the multi-stakeholder collective approach to developing an effective and feasible decarbonisation strategy for the shipping industry. We hope that through our participation in The Silk Alliance, we can demonstrate our commitment to decarbonising our fleet, and at the same time working with other stakeholders to establish regional green corridors for feeder shipping utilising low carbon fuel or technology.”
Aziz Merchant, Executive Director of Keppel Marine and Deepwater Technology, the technology arm of Keppel O&M, said: “We are committed to play a role in the decarbonisation of the maritime industry. As the shipyard partner in The Silk Alliance, Keppel O&M is pleased to contribute its deep engineering expertise in vessel design and operations, as well as extensive experience in vessel upgrading, which can help shipowners and managers improve the energy efficiency and carbon intensity of their fleets and operations. Keppel O&M is also working on end-to-end solutions for the development and adoption of greener marine fuels, which will further support The Silk Alliance in achieving its objectives.”
Carl Schou, CEO and President of Wilhelmsen Ship Management, said: “The Silk Alliance presents an opportunity for the industry to leapfrog the progress of fuel transition. We are looking forward to contributing our ship management and crewing expertise in the development of this transition strategy. We hope to aggregate the people factor calculated into the heart of this transition.”
Anju Abrol, ING’s head of Wholesale Banking APAC, said: “ING prides itself on being a sustainability pioneer and is an original signatory to the Poseidon Principles, a framework for integrating climate considerations into lending decisions to advance international shipping’s decarbonization. The Silk Alliance marks a further and necessary step in that decarbonization journey and we are heartened to join key stakeholders from across the value chain. We look forward to working with all of them to take on this challenge and to make it happen.”
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. said: “We have been dedicated to environmental sustainability and always go beyond mere regulatory compliance. In order to develop reliable fleet transition strategy to reduce both carbon and GHG emission for mid and long term, we will need assistance from different platforms that could help us explore the most realistic way to reach the target of decarbonisation. Yang Ming is pleased to participate in The Silk Alliance to enhance our commitment to decarbonising our fleet, which has been evidently demonstrated through our upcoming plan to build five 15,000 TEU vessels with greener and low-carbon fuel option.”
Stam Achillas, Wärtsilä’s Head of Business Development & Sales, 2-Stroke Fuel Conversions, said: “Decarbonisation is at the core of our strategy in Wärtsilä and we never felt more committed to help our marine customers future-proof their fleets with our expertise and extensive solutions portfolio of internal combustion engines, clean fuels, propulsion and energy saving systems. We are delighted to be a member of the Silk Alliance, a constellation of prominent industry experts, visionaries and pragmatists. In such a collaborative environment, we are confident we can plot a viable course along shipping’s future fuels pathways.”