International Ports of Halifax & Hamburg in collaboration to Decarbonize Shipping Corridor

Oct. 4, 2022
The ports will develop infrastructure for export and import of green hydrogen and derivatives

The Halifax Port Authority and Hamburg Port Authority signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on decarbonizing the shipping corridor between the ports of Halifax in Canada and Hamburg in Germany.

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

The collaboration will aim to accelerate energy transition, expand the global hydrogen economy, enable Canadian firms to easily deploy their technology in the German market and enable German firms to invest in expanding the manufacturing capabilities in Canada.

The collaboration will focus on the development of port infrastructure for bunkering to facilitate the export and import of green hydrogen and derivatives in the ports of Halifax and Hamburg. They will also foster a collaboration between shipping lines, value chain partners and other interests to advance the use of green energy along the corridor.

The ports will share technology and knowledge and establish industry contacts to accelerate the decarbonization of this shipping route. The ports will also work towards favorable conditions for decarbonization, including financial incentives, lobbying for aligned regulatory measures, safety regulations and working with local communities.

“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.”