Christian Pryce, Chief Commercial Officer of the Port of Doversaid: “The decarbonisation of the world’s busiest maritime corridor will provide a seismic boost to the UK’s recently announced green shipping ambitions, which also include the US, Norway and the Netherlands.”
He continued: “One year on from the Clydebank Declaration, in which the UK and 23 other states set out their ambitions to work together on green shipping corridors, it is encouraging to see that progress has been made and we are committed to more.” afford to. We want to ensure meaningful decarbonisation for the UK and international supply chains and as such we have made it our mission to work with our partners on both sides of the Short Straits as together we are fully committed to building a large scale green shipping corridor with France to reach.”
The Port of Dover handles 33% of UK trade in goods with the EU, 59% of UK-EU ferry crossings and 2.4 million freight vehicles annually.
After presenting its ambitions to the Government in May 2022, the Port of Dover took a significant step towards becoming Britain’s first green high-volume shipping corridor when the Government awarded it funding for the Green Corridor Short Straits-Feasibility Study in September consortium awarded to set up a zero-carbon trade route, a partnership that also includes the French sister ports of Calais and Dunkirk.
Pryce continued: “Encouraged by the Government’s recent support for our efforts to develop a large-scale green shipping corridor, we will advance our work with France and look forward to it being included in the countries with which the UK is formally working . Given the urgency of reducing maritime emissions, this task must be pursued with the greatest possible ambition. A large-scale green shipping corridor with 130 daily ferry movements across the short straits, integrated with other shipping routes, will be a transformative win for the UK. We are leaders, collaborating with governments, industry and academia in the public and private sectors.
“We will work together on a uniform overall solution. We are a proud maritime nation in the UK and want to improve and share our learnings as much as possible.”
The importance of the UK’s role as a forerunner and source of knowledge was underscored by Baroness Vere on the podium, who commented: “Britain will continue to lead and take an enlightened and forward-looking perspective. We want our ports to work with other ports and share knowledge.”
The Short Straits is the world’s busiest maritime corridor and has a significant carbon footprint. Upcoming advances include cleaner tonnage, most notably two new hybrid “super ferries” that will represent a major step toward decarbonizing this critical route. This could also be supported by improved infrastructure, including greater use of the Port of Dover’s topography, enabling new bespoke solutions such as energy storage (battery and hydrogen) and new power connectors and interconnections.
“A large-scale green shipping corridor with France will not only help reduce the UK transport sector’s stubbornly high emissions, but will also demonstrate UK-led global best practice when it comes to decarbonising not just shipping and seafaring, but Britain as a whole.” supply chain goes . As volume will grow along this journey – the market wants and chooses Dover over other options – it is vital that we take meaningful action now and we do so with our partners as only through strong and ongoing collaboration can this be achieved can,” he concluded Pryce.