Two shipping liner bosses discuss potential for nuclear

At a press conference hosted by the World Shipping Council, a liner lobby group, Jeremy Nixon and Rolf Habben Jensen, the CEOs of Ocean Network Express (ONE) and Hapag-Lloyd, respectively, discussed a range of environmental issues while also unveiling a new green fuel pricing mechanism proposal that has been submitted to the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

While the focus of the discussion focused on how best to bridge the price gap between conventional and greener fuels, when quizzed by Splash, the two liner bosses were happy to give their take on one of the outliers in the future fuels debate.

Habben Jensen’s counterpart at ONE, Nixon, said he reckoned that green hydrogen would ultimately work out as shipping’s key fuel. For its creation, vast amounts of electricity would be required, something that nuclear power could help achieve, he said.

CORE POWER, a UK-based marine atomic propulsion developer, last year unveiled a concept design for a nuclear-powered, 2,800 teu boxship using molten salt reactors.

Among CORE POWER’s more than 60 shipping-related investors is X-Press Feeders, one of the world’s largest feeder operators.

Floating new nuclear energy can power the production of the green fuels at either ends of green corridors and offshore major port areas, Bøe argued.

Nixon and Habben Jensen were speaking at the unveiling of the WSC’s Green Balance Mechanism (GBM), a proposal, submitted to IMO ahead of next month’s gathering of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), designed to address the industry’s challenge to bridge the price gap between the cleanest fuels and fossil fuels.

Through the GBM fees are taken from fossil fuels and allocated to green fuels used, so that the average cost of fuel is equal.

Habben Jensen warned that current supplies of greener fuels fall “far short” of what the shipping industry requires.

John Butler, the president of the WSC, said green fuel suppliers needed to be sent a strong signal, and that the proposed new mechanism could work as a “rifle shot” to bridge the price gap among alternative fuels.

Tags: Hapag-Lloyd, IMO, MEPC, ONE
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