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Aker Clean Hydrogen and Kuehne+Nagel Join Forces to Accelerate Fossil-Free Container Shipping

Mike Schuler
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February 11, 2022

Aker Clean Hydrogen, a global integrated clean hydrogen, ammonia and methanol producer, and Kuehne+Nagel, a leading sea logistics provider, are joining forces in an effort to help decarbonize the container shipping sector.

The two companies envision the expansion of Kuehne+Nagel’s offering of alternative green fuels such as hydrogen, ammonia and methanol. The first vessels with engines that can run on these alternative fuel are already in production and expected to hit the waters in 2024. The partnership will work to tackle fuel sourcing challenges especially among these first generation fossil-free ships.

While Aker Clean Hydrogen will secure access to green fuels, Kuehne+Nagel, working with its carrier partners, will handle the booking of contracts for environmentally friendly containers.

Aker Clean Hydrogen and Kuehne+Nagel are already said to be advanced discussions with containership owners seeking to reduce their emissions by converting to hydrogen, ammonia and methanol engines.

The partnership will use Kuehne+Nagel’s “Mass-Balance-Concept” allowing customers to purchase the appropriate amount of green fuels for their cargo, instantly avoiding CO2 emissions in their supply chains.

“The Mass-Balance-Concept is crucial in the transition towards replacing fossil fuels with green fuels such as hydrogen and ammonia,” said Arne Faaberg, Managing Director of Kuehne+Nagel Norway. “This partnership with Aker Clean Hydrogen contributes to our commitment to a low-carbon business model. Together with them and our carrier partners we will be able to provide certified green container shipment”.

“Shipping accounts for approximately 3 percent of the world’s total emissions. With Kuehne+Nagel’s Mass-Balance-Concept and green fuel from our planned hydrogen, ammonia and methanol projects around the world, we are well placed in the transition towards a more sustainable future for global shipping,” said Knut Nyborg, Chief Executive Officer of Aker Clean Hydrogen.

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