NORDEN joins Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping


Copenhagen, 17 February 2021

NORDEN has today signed a partnership agreement with the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping.
Based in Copenhagen, the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center is an independent, not-for-profit, research and development centre launched with support of the A.P. Moller Foundation, with a mission to decarbonise the maritime industry. The centre works across the shipping industry, collaborating with companies, academia and authorities.

Jan Rindbo, CEO, NORDEN said: “We are deeply committed to our decarbonisation agenda at NORDEN and to our target of being carbon-neutral by 2050. We fully recognise that we must work together as an industry to tackle the climate challenge. That’s why we are proud to partner with the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping today. The Center is a powerful alliance, mobilising the best minds from science, engineering and business.  By working together, we believe we can accelerate the transition to a greener future for shipping.”

As strategic partner, NORDEN will contribute directly to the work of the centre on projects related to the development and implementation of future fuels and zero carbon technologies. 

For example, NORDEN will provide ‘sailing laboratories’ – using its owned fleet to carry out tests of new fuels or alternative wind propulsion systems. Employees from NORDEN’s decarbonisation team, as well as technical and commercial colleagues will provide their expertise on various projects. 

In welcoming NORDEN on board the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon shipping, CEO Bo Cerup-Simonsen said: “Transitioning to Zero Carbon Shipping will be a journey that requires deep understanding of the shipping business – from a technical as well as commercial point of view. It will be critically important to develop a transition plan, that builds on a holistic supply chain perspective and leverages learnings with regard to safety, reliability and environment. With NORDEN we bring on board 150 years of experience and invaluable knowledge within dry bulk and tanker segments and we are truly looking forward to the collaboration”

About NORDEN: 
NORDEN is a global leader in the dry cargo and product tanker segments, with offices in 11 locations worldwide. NORDEN has made decarbonisation a key focus area and continuously seeks to reduce emissions by improving the energy efficiency of its vessels. NORDEN has also been at the forefront of testing alternative low-carbon fuel solutions such as biofuel. NORDEN’s climate and environment goals are aligned with the United Nations International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) carbon reduction strategy, Paris agreement targets as outlined by the Sea Cargo Charter, as well as the climate ambition defined by the Danish government’s climate partnership with the Danish maritime sector of achieving carbon neutrality in 2050. 

About the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping
The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping is a not-for-profit, independent research and development centre. It works across the shipping sector with industry, academia and authorities. A highly specialised, cross-disciplinary team will collaborate globally to create an overview of viable decarbonization pathways, facilitate the development and implementation of new energy technologies; build confidence in new concepts and their supply chains; and accelerate the transition by defining and maturing viable strategic pathways to the required systemic change.

The Center is placed in Copenhagen but will work with partners globally. The founding partners behind this initiative are American Bureau of Shipping, A.P. Moller - Maersk, Cargill, MAN Energy Solutions, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, NYK Line and Siemens Energy. New partners include: Alfa Laval, Total and NORDEN.  The centre is made possible by a start-up donation of DKK 400m by the A.P. Moller Foundation

Contact: Monika Canty, Senior Communications Partner / +45 4012 7812