Danish decarbonisation and digitalisation group ShippingLab is setting up a project to create a platform for testing and validating new alternative marine fuels to help suppliers better understand the needs of clients in the shipping world
The project involves the Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, Alfa Laval, MAN Energy Solutions, Norden, AP Møller-Maersk and biofuel supplier MASH Energy.
The platform will facilitate test and validation services for sustainable fuels to ensure the required information within technical, regulatory, environmental and financial dimensions and demands is available to clarify if a potential sustainable fuel can become a product traded in large volumes within the maritime industry.
These services will be provided by existing test and validation facilities at either commercial or academic organisations.
The platform is not intended to be a market competitor but rather a platform to link producers with the relevant facilities for providing the necessary data about their sustainable fuels.
ShippingLab chairman Kjeld Dittmann said “New sustainable fuels are needed, but in practice it is a great challenge to create a new product, and the partners in the project want to help make this easier.”
Stakeholders will first establish which validation points are required and map which facilities are already available.
The steering committee behind ShippingLab consists of Logimatic, MAN Energy Solutions, Maersk Tankers, the Technical University of Denmark, FORCE Technology, Danish Maritime, Danish Shipping and the Danish Maritime Authority.
The platform’s development is supported by the Danish Maritime Fund. ShippingLab has a budget of about €12M (US$14.25M) and is supported by Innovation Fund Denmark, the Danish Maritime Fund, Orient’s Fund and Lauritzen Fonden. The fuel project partners’ contributions will be self-financed.