Crowley Maritime Corporation and Shell Trading (US) Company have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the aim of advancing decarbonisation in the maritime sector.
The companies intend to support alternative energy solutions for the future of shore-side and terminal operations, with the latest agreement following on ongoing joint project to provide lower carbon fuel solutions by building and operating the largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker barge in the US on the East Coast.
Crowley and Shell plan to look more broadly at how they can jointly develop sustainable solutions across the US maritime sector, possibly including lower-emissions vessels and technology at ports across the West, Gulf and East Coast regions and electrification and net zero solutions at terminals.
Subject to future agreements, Shell will look to support Crowley’s development of lower emissions solutions for shore-side charging station at the Port of San Diego, where the latter company’s eWolf, the first all-electric US ship assist tug, will start service in 2023.
The latest MOU aligns with Crowley’s commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050.
Paul Manzi, Vice President, Crowley Shipping said: “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.
“Together, we look forward to making significant strides to reduce global emissions, innovating our vessels and equipment and progressing towards net zero while delivering value and performance for customers.”