North American project aims to eliminate GHGs in the maritime sector – ShipInsight
Major shipowners, builders, charterers, financiers, classification organizations, port authorities, government and non-government organizations in the United States and Canada have come together to launch the Blue Sky Maritime Coalition.
As a not-for-profit strategic alliance whose members represent all aspects of the maritime value chain in North America, the Blue Sky Maritime Coalition develops and implements projects to achieve a zero maritime logistics industry. commercially viable net emission. Membership is open to all stakeholder organizations that are willing to fulfill membership obligations by actively participating in the achievement of the Coalition’s stated objectives and by complying with its collaborative and antitrust provisions.
The founding members of the Coalition include ABS, Bay Houston Towing, Caterpillar, Centerline Logistics, Chamber of Shipping of America, Citi, Crowley, Green Marine, Holland & Knight, Kirby Corp., Lloyd’s Register, Marine Money, Marsoft, MIT Sea Grant , Moran Towing, OSG, Port Houston, Purus Marine, Shell, The American Waterways Operators, The Water Institute of the Gulf, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Wärtsilä North American and Washington Maritime Blue. Additionally, DNV, Matson and Seaspan are supporting sponsors, and the Getting to Zero coalition is a knowledge partner of the coalition.
The maritime value chain is essential to the global economy and decarbonization is the main challenge the industry will face in the years to come. As the whole world responds to the global challenges of climate change, the maritime industry is both a very important sector and a very difficult one to master.
Even within this sector, there are different kinds of challenges and totally different value chain models, whether waterborne activities move products from one continent to another, or across thousands of kilometers of land. inland, Great Lakes and coastal waterways. Focused on regional river transport across North America, the Coalition’s focus complements the efforts of other organizations targeting maritime decarbonization goals.
“The Blue Sky Maritime Coalition was born out of the realization that the maritime operations of the United States and Canada are particularly challenged by this goal of achieving zero net carbon emissions from maritime activities,” said David H Cummins, Chairman of the Blue Sky Maritime Coalition. “We believe decarbonization is possible, but only if all stakeholders in this end-to-end value chain are ready to come together to take advantage of the opportunities in this landscape and address these challenges through cross-sector collaboration. “
The Coalition is governed by a board of directors whose day-to-day activities are carried out by the management team. The board of directors includes Karrie Trauth, Shell (chair of the board); David Grzebinski, Kirby Corp .; Jennifer States, Washington Maritime Blue; Arlie Sterling, Marsoft Inc .; and Ted Tregurtha, Moran Towing. The leadership team includes David H. Cummins, president; Jovi Tenev, secretary; Matt Woodruff, Treasurer; and Cathy Mann, Communications.