The Halifax Port Authority and Hamburg Port Authority have announced their collaboration to decarbonise the shipping corridor between Halifax, on Canada’s east coast, and Hamburg, along Germany’s northwest coast.

The leaders of the two port authorities, Jens Meier, CEO of the Hamburg Port Authority, and Captain Allan Gray, president and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Hamburg on 29 September.

The focus of this collaboration is on port infrastructure for bunkering, and the exporting/importing of green hydrogen and derivatives in the Port of Halifax/Port of Hamburg, the increase in the use of green energy on the corridor, and the share of knowledge and technology for the route decarbonisation.

The two partners aim to advance renewable hydrogen technologies, accelerate the global energy transition, support cooperation between Germany and Canada in expanding the global hydrogen economy, enable Canadian companies to deploy their technologies more easily in the German market and provide German companies with opportunities to invest in growing manufacturing capabilities in Canada.

“We have a long relationship of cooperation and share a mutual drive and commitment toward sustainability and digitalisation,” said Captain Gray, who pointed out, “It seems only natural that we continue to collaborate to decarbonise a significant trade route between our two ports.”

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