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North American Maritime Leaders Unite to Drive GHG Emissions Out of Value Chain

Updated: Apr 13, 2022

Leading ship owners, builders, charterers, financiers, classification organizations, port authorities, government and non-government organizations across the United States and Canada have come together to launch the Blue Sky Maritime Coalition (the Coalition).

As a non-profit strategic alliance whose members represent all aspects of the maritime value chain in North America, the Blue Sky Maritime Coalition is developing and taking action on projects to achieve a commercially viable net zero emissions waterborne logistics sector. Membership in the Coalition is open to all stakeholder organizations who are willing to meet the membership obligations by actively participating in achieving the Coalition’s stated objectives and comply with the organization’s collaborative and antitrust provisions.

Founding Members of the Coalition include ABS (American Bureau of Shipping), Bay Houston Towing Co., Caterpillar, Centerline Logistics, Chamber of Shipping of America, Citi, Crowley, Green Marine, Holland & Knight LLP, Kirby Corp., Lloyd’s Register, Marine Money, Marsoft Inc., MIT Sea Grant, Moran Towing, OSG, Port Houston, Purus Marine, Shell, The American Waterways Operators, The Water Institute of the Gulf, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Wärtsilä North American, Inc., and Washington Maritime Blue. Additionally, DNV, Matson and Seaspan are Supporting Sponsors, and the Getting to Zero Coalition is a Knowledge Partner of the Coalition.

The maritime value chain is critical to the global economy and decarbonization is the key challenge the industry faces in the coming years. As the entire world takes on the global challenges of climate change, the maritime industry is both a very important, and very difficult sector to abate.

Even within this sector there are different types of challenges and entirely different value chain models, whether waterborne activities move products globally from one continent to another, or through thousands of miles of inland, Great Lakes and coastal waterways. Concentrated on regional waterborne transportation across North America, the Coalition’s focus complements other organizations’ efforts targeting maritime decarbonization goals.

“Blue Sky Maritime Coalition was born from the realization that the United States and Canada maritime operations are uniquely challenged by this goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions from maritime activities,” says David H. Cummins, Blue Sky Maritime Coalition President. “We believe that decarbonization is possible, but only if all stakeholders along this end-to-end value chain are willing to rally together to take advantage of the opportunities in this landscape and address these challenges through cross-sectoral collaboration.”

The Coalition is governed by a Board of Directors with day-to-day activities performed by the Executive Management Team. The Board of Directors includes Karrie Trauth, Shell (Chair of the Board); David Grzebinski, Kirby Corp.; Jennifer States, Washington Maritime Blue; Arlie Sterling, Marsoft Inc.; and Ted Tregurtha, Moran Towing. The Executive Management Team includes David H. Cummins, President; Jovi Tenev, Secretary; Matt Woodruff, Treasurer; and Cathy Mann, Communications.

About Blue Sky Maritime Coalition

Blue Sky Maritime Coalition (the Coalition) is a non-profit corporation, a strategic alliance formed to accelerate the transition of waterborne transportation in Canada and the United States toward net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Coalition brings together industry, community, government, academic leadership and other stakeholders across the waterborne transportation value chain to action projects that remove barriers to accelerating development, encourage innovation, and promote policies in support of zero emissions.  Learn more at


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