Los Angeles and Shanghai plan the world’s first green maritime corridor


Maersk is one of the partners in the Los Angeles – Shanghai partnership for a green transport corridor (LA file photo)

Posted on January 31, 2022 at 6:08 p.m. by

The Maritime Executive







Following the initiative launched at the COP26 conference to create zero-emission maritime “corridors” between like-minded nations, Los Angeles and Shanghai announced a partnership of cities, ports, shipping lines and shipowners. cargo to create a first-of-its-kind “green shipping corridor” on one of the world’s busiest container shipping routes. The partnership, which includes shipping majors Maersk, CMA CGM and COSCO Shipping Lines, sets out a plan by the end of this year and the start of the transition to zero-carbon fuel vessels by 2030 for commercial shipping between Shanghai and LA.


The first-of-its-kind initiative that defines a specific sea route to decarbonize was led by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, part of an organization launched in 2019 by 100 of the world’s mayors to lead decarbonization efforts around the world. . The C40 Green Ports Forum, led by the City and Port of Los Angeles, seeks to connect port cities and ports around the world in implementing efforts that will mitigate air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and they were joined by the city and port of Shanghai, through the Shanghai Municipal Transport Commission, to form the partnership.


“By convening international coalitions of the willing and creating a scalable, replicable model for other cities to follow, we hope this groundbreaking green transportation corridor initiative will catalyze action on a global scale,” said Mark Watts. , Executive Director of C40 Cities. “There is an urgent need to accelerate efforts to decarbonize the shipping sector if we are to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.”


In November 2021, 22 signatories of the COP26 conference in Glasgow pledged to support the creation of at least half a dozen “green corridors” by the middle of the decade, with the ambition to intensify and expand the reach of the initiative by 2030. In announcing their plan, they said it aims to launch a market for net-zero propulsion technology in deep-sea crafts. The concept is to use a partnership public-private between two major seaports to accelerate the technological, economic development and regulatory feasibility of zero-emission ships which, in turn, would support the global diffusion of technologies.


As part of the agreement announced today, the ports and cities of Los Angeles and Shanghai and the partners have set a goal to develop a “Green Maritime Corridor Implementation Plan” by the end of 2022 which will include deliverables, milestones and roles for the partnership. They envision the gradual introduction of low-, ultra-low- and zero-carbon ships over the 2020s, with the world’s first trans-Pacific zero-carbon container ships introduced by 2030 by qualified shipping companies. They plan to develop best management practices to help reduce emissions and improve efficiency for all ships using this international trade corridor as well as for supply chain and port operations which they hope will become a model for others who will follow this initiative.


Other partners joining this first-of-its-kind initiative include Shanghai International Ports Group, COSCO Shipping Lines, Aspen Institute’s Shipping Decarbonization Initiative, Cargo Owners for Zero Emission Vessels (coZEV) facilitators, and the Maritime Technology Cooperation Center. – Asian.