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Ports of Halifax and Hamburg working to decarbonise shipping corridor



The Halifax Port Authority and Hamburg Port Authority are working to decarbonise the shipping corridor between Halifax, on Canada’s east coast, and Hamburg, along Germany’s northwest coast. A Memorandum of Understanding between the Halifax Port Authority and the Hamburg Port Authority is now in effect, signed in Hamburg on September 29, 2022, by Jens Meier, the CEO of the Hamburg Port Authority, and Captain Allan Gray, President and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority.

Focus of this collaboration 

-Port infrastructure for bunkering, and the exporting of green hydrogen and derivatives in the Port of Halifax

-Port infrastructure for bunkering, and the importing of green hydrogen and derivatives in the Port of Hamburg

-Fostering collaboration between value chain partners, shipping lines and other interests to advance the use of green energy on the corridor

-Working towards favourable conditions for decarbonisation, among other things by lobbying for aligned regulatory measures, financial incentives, and safety regulations, as well as working with local communities 

-Sharing knowledge and technology and establishing industry contacts to enable the acceleration of decarbonisation within this route.

The purpose of this collaboration 

-Advance renewable hydrogen technologies

-Accelerate the global energy transition

-Support cooperation between the two co-untries in expanding the global hydrogen economy

-Enable Canadian companies to deploy their technologies more easily in the German market

-Provide German companies with opportunities to invest in growing manufacturing capabilities in Canada. 

 “We have a long relationship of cooperation and share a mutual drive and commitment toward sustainability and digitalization,” said Captain Gray. “It seems only natural that we continue to collaborate to decarbonise a significant trade route between our two ports.”

 “The Halifax Port Authority and Hamburg Port Authority are demonstrating leadership in this sector,” said Tim Houston, Premier of Nova Scotia. “They are not waiting for the arrival of hydrogen to begin their operational changes. They are doing the work today.” (Photo Hamburg Port Authority)