WMU Partners with Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping

The World Maritime University (WMU) is pleased to announce an Academic Partnership with the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping (MMMCZCS), a not-for-profit research and development center was established in 2020 to guide and accelerate decarbonization of the global maritime industry.

The partnership is intended to strengthen collaboration between scientists at the Center and academic researchers at four partner institutions that in addition to WMU include the University of Michigan, Maritime Research Alliance, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The goal of the partnerships is to increase transparency and knowledge sharing between the maritime industry and academia, as well as development of the competencies required of future decision-makers and transition enablers.

Regarding the partnership, Professor Maximo Q. Mejia, Jr., WMU President, said, “We are fortunate to have such a valuable partner at the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping close to the University to work together towards a zero carbon maritime industry and jointly support the maritime decarbonization agenda of the International Maritime Organization. This important partnership will benefit the maritime sector globally, particularly in developing countries. The partnership also supports our mutual commitments to achieving the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly Goals 7 and 13 on Clean Energy and Climate Action.”

As the key partnership contact on behalf of WMU, Professor Aykut I. Ölçer, Director of Maritime Research and Head of the Maritime Energy Management Specialization, attended the academic partner discussions held at the Centre on 14 May and participated in the Partner Summit 2024 of the Centre which took place on 16 and 17 May.

Maritime Decarbonization at WMU
Through cutting-edge education and research in the Maritime Energy Management (MEM) field, WMU works to support the achievement of sustainable, zero/low-carbon and energy-efficient maritime and ocean industries. WMU’s MEM educational offerings include the groundbreaking MEM MSc specialization that was introduced in 2015, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Energy delivered by distance learning. WMU’s Maritime Energy Management Research Priority Area focuses on the fundamental understanding of energy in a maritime context and the application of evidence-based knowledge across the field from ships to ports, and from oceans to shipyards, to ensure the cost-effective, safe and environmentally friendly use of resources. The book Trends and Challenges in Maritime Energy Management, was published in 2018 as an outcome of the International Conference on Maritime Energy Management (MARENER 2017) hosted at WMU in 2017. It was one of the most downloaded books in its category in 2018. Since 2022, the WMU Summer Academy on Maritime Decarbonization has brought maritime professionals together at WMU for a week-long, intensive programme focused on the opportunities and challenges surrounding the reduction of GHG emissions from shipping. The Maritime Decarbonization Summer Academy programme is being offered again in 2024.

About the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping
The Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping is a not-for-profit, independent research and development center looking to accelerate the transition towards a net-zero future for the maritime industry. With their partners, they drive and facilitate the development and implementation of new technologies; build confidence in new concepts and mature viable strategic ways to drive the required systemic and regulatory change.

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