Norway’s Aker Clean Hydrogen has teamed up with sea logistics provider Kuehne+Nagel to deliver green container transport as part of the effort to decarbonise the maritime logistics space.

The entities intend to increase Kuehne+Nagel’s offerings of eco-friendly fuels, which include hydrogen, ammonia and methanol.

Currently, the first ships featuring engines operating on these fuel alternatives are in production. They are projected to commence services in 2024.

Through this cooperation, both firms aim to be early sources in the scaling up of fossil-free shipping.

Under the partnership, Aker Clean Hydrogen will secure access to green fuels.

At the same time, Kuehne+Nagel will manage the booking of contracts for environmentally friendly containers in collaboration with their carrier partners.

The entities are already in talks with container ship owners who are moving towards hydrogen, ammonia and methanol engines.

As a result, Kuehne+Nagel’s clients will be able to buy green fuels for their cargo through the Mass-Balance-Concept in upcoming years.

This will also allow them to immediately avoid carbon emissions in their supply chains.

Kuehne+Nagel Norway managing director Arne Faaberg said: “The Mass-Balance-Concept is crucial in the transition towards replacing fossil fuels with green fuels, such as hydrogen and ammonia.

“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.”

Aker Clean Hydrogen CEO Knut Nyborg added: “Shipping accounts for approximately 3% 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.”