US-based shipping and logistics firm Crowley has teamed up with Shell Trading (US) Company (Shell) to support alternative energy solutions for shoreside and terminal operations.

The two have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this regard.

This MoU is intended to help advance decarbonisation efforts for the maritime sector and follows an ongoing joint project between Crowley and Shell.

The joint project was initiated to provide lower-carbon fuel solutions by designing, building and operating a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker barge on the US East Coast.

Under the MoU, the two companies will work together to develop sustainable solutions across the US maritime sector.

These could include electrification and net-zero solutions at terminals, lower-emissions vessels, and technology at ports across the West, Gulf and East Coast regions.

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Crowley Shipping vice-president Paul Manzi said: “We are pleased to expand our scope of work with Shell, a trusted partner whose commitments carry global impact, as we continue on our sustainability journey.

“Together, we look forward to making significant strides to reduce global emissions, innovating our vessels and equipment and progressing towards net-zero while delivering value and performance for customers.”

Subject to future agreements, Shell is expected to support the development of lower-emissions solutions by Crowley for a shoreside charging station at the Port of San Diego.

Crowley plans to commission eWolf, the first all-electric US ship assist tug, at the Port of San Diego in 2023.

Crowley said that the MoU complies with its commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

Shell shipping and maritime Americas general manager Maarten Poort said: “We recognise that the world is in the midst of an energy transition, and we’re working hard to play our part.

“We are proud of the relationship we have with Crowley and are excited about the opportunities we have to support them on their decarbonisation journey.”