SEA-LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition created to demonstrate the benefits of LNG as a viable marine fuel, today announced global container shipping company ZIM as the latest organization to join its membership.
A member of the Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) since 2013, ZIM has long been at the forefront of improving the environmental performance of container shipping and recognizes that the LNG path is essential to achieving this. ZIM strives for zero environmental impact in its operations as the shipping industry aims for a net-zero carbon future.
LNG is a fuel in transition from fossil to bio to renewable synthetic LNG, able to meet existing and planned regulations.
Mr. David Arbel, ZIM COO said, “LNG fueled capacity further strengthens ZIM’s position at the forefront of preserving clean air and reducing carbon intensity among global ocean liners and will enable us to help our customers reduce their carbon footprint. Working in conjunction with the broader SEA-LNG coalition, we will continue to demonstrate the opportunity offered by the LNG pathway – achieving our decarbonization goals through the phasing-in of bio-LNG and eventually renewable synthetic LNG.
The vast majority of the new capacity that ZIM will add to its fleet is powered by LNG, with a total of 28 LNG vessels, ranging in size from 15,000 and 7,700 TEU. The first ships will be delivered from the beginning of 2023 and will be introduced on the Asia – United States route. The steel cutting ceremony for the first ship, ZIM Sammy Ofer, was held at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in South Korea last January.
Peter Keller, President of SEA-LNG, said: “ZIM is one of the largest container lines in the world and its commitment to LNG is another clear recognition that LNG is one of the fuel routes to support the decarbonization of maritime transport. A path that starts now and delivers major human health benefits through the elimination of SOx and NOx emissions.
“As ZIM understands, the advantage of LNG is that it is widely available for deep-sea shipping today, and its pathway benefits from existing LNG infrastructure that can also be used for bio- LNG and renewable synthetic LNG as they become increasingly available.”
The growing SEA-LNG coalition spans the entire shipping value chain and remains committed to developing and sharing credible, evidence-based analysis of the LNG pathway.