Blue Sky Maritime Coalition created to help decarbonise the maritime value chain

A new non-profit strategic alliance, the Blue Sky Maritime Coalition, has brought together maritime stakeholders across North America to collectively address the challenge of climate change. The organisation’s 24 founding members represent all aspects of the maritime value chain.

Through focused workstreams, the coalition will facilitate collaboration among industry stakeholders regionally and globally; and identify, evaluate, encourage and engage in commercial and technical pathways and projects that deliver significant near-term reductions in GHG emissions and lead to commercially viable net-zero emissions.

The four workstreams are:

  • Measurement and operational efficiencies
  • Finance, commercial and chartering
  • Policy, regulatory and incentives
  • Technology, infrastructure and fuels

Concentrating on regional waterborne transportation in North America, the coalition’s focus complements other organisations’ efforts targeting maritime decarbonisation goals.

“We believe that decarbonisation is possible, but only if all stakeholders along this end-to-end value chain are willing to rally together to take advantage of the opportunities in this landscape and address these challenges through cross-sectoral collaboration,” said David Cummins, president of the Blue Sky Maritime Coalition, in a statement.

Founding members of the Coalition are the American Bureau of Shipping, the American Waterways Operators, Bay Houston Towing Co., Caterpillar, Centerline Logistics, Chamber of Shipping of America, Citi, Crowley, Green Marine, Holland & Knight LLP, Kirby Corp., Lloyd’s Register, Marine Money, Marsoft Inc., MIT Sea Grant, Moran Towing, OSG, Port Houston, Purus Marine, Shell, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Wärtsilä North American, Inc., Washington Maritime Blue and the Water Institute of the Gulf. Additionally, DNV, Matson and Seaspan are Supporting Sponsors, and the Getting to Zero Coalition is a Knowledge Partner of the Coalition.

Kim Biggar

Kim Biggar started writing in the supply chain sector in 2000, when she joined the Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In 2004/2005, she was project manager for the Government of Canada-funded Canadian Logistics Skills Committee, which led to her 13-year role as communications manager of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. A longtime freelance writer, Kim has contributed to publications including The Forwarder, 3PL Americas, The Shipper Advocate and Supply Chain Canada.
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