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GSBN partners with GCMD to enable data sharing to accelerate decarbonisation of shipping

Updated: Mar 18

6 June 2023 – Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN), an independent not-for-profit technology consortium building a trusted digital platform to redefine global trade, has signed a Knowledge Partnership Agreement with the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD). The partnership aims to help bridge the transparency gap between digitalisation and decarbonisation by enabling the secure and scalable exchange of data pertaining to decarbonisation initiatives.

GCMD is a non-profit organisation which aims to help the shipping industry lower Green House Gas (GHG) emissions to meet the International Maritime Organization’s goals for 2030 and 2050, by shaping standards for future fuels, piloting low-carbon solutions, financing first-of-a-kind projects and fostering collaboration among stakeholders.

Decarbonising the global shipping industry is estimated to require between US$1 trillion to US$1.4 trillion in investment. To bridge this gap and successfully achieve a low-carbon future there are many challenges that need to be addressed and choices that need to be made. Core to this is a need to accurately measure and track emissions reduction data across the supply chain to ensure compliance, access to green financing as well as provide accountability of decarbonisation


Under this partnership agreement, GCMD and GSBN will collaborate to identify use cases and co-design corresponding studies and pilots to demonstrate the effectiveness of using a blockchain platform to enable decarbonisation of the maritime sector at scale. Many platforms in the market host data collected from segments within the supply value chain for specific purpose. However, this results in data siloes. A data infrastructure like GSBN can integrate data across the supply value chain from stakeholders, including shipping lines and terminals, to inform decision making and thus accelerate maritime decarbonisation.

Bertrand Chen, CEO at GSBN, said, “To successfully achieve decarbonisation there must be choice and trust. Shipping lines and their customers want to have the choice of different alternative fuels and solutions. Given the substantial investment and resources that go behind these initiatives, there is an increasing need for trusted, granular data to support decision making and prove claims of sustainable shipping. By combining GCMD’s work in driving decarbonisation with our trusted data infrastructure, we can together accelerate and empower the shift towards a low carbon future in shipping.”

Professor Lynn Loo, CEO at GCMD, added, “We are excited to have GSBN come onboard as a Knowledge Partner. GCMD recognises the importance of data security and trust to improve decision-making, attract investment, and ultimately accelerate decarbonisation of the industry. GSBN’s specialisation in data infrastructure complements our domain and technical expertise in decarbonisation, the combination of which will increase transparency and build stakeholder

confidence in our collective journey towards zero-carbon shipping.”


About GSBN

Incorporated in Hong Kong, the Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN) is an independent, not-for-profit technology consortium which has built an infrastructure and platform harnessing advanced technologies such as blockchain, to redefine global trade. The platform facilitates trusted collaboration between disparate and competing market participants, as well as enabling greater efficiencies and resilience. It also aims to expand the global trade ecosystem by creating bridges to

new market participants including banks, fintech companies and other consortia, while supporting the development of technology-driven innovation as the sector makes the leap to digital. The consortium was first founded by 8 global leaders in the global shipping industry accounting for one in every three containers handled in the world.

About the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation

The Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD) was set up on 1 August 2021 as a non-profit organisation. Our strategic partners include the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), BHP, BW Group, Eastern Pacific Shipping, Foundation Det Norske Veritas, Ocean Network Express, Seatrium, bp and Hapag-Lloyd. Beyond the strategic partners, GCMD has brought onboard 13 partners that engage at the centre level, in addition to numerous other partners that engage at the project level.

Strategically located in Singapore, the world’s largest bunkering hub and second largest container port, GCMD aims to help the industry eliminate GHG emissions by shaping standards for future fuels, piloting low-carbon solutions in an end-to-end manner under real-world operations conditions, financing first-of-a-kind projects, and fostering collaboration across sectors. For more information, please visit

Press Contacts

Edelman for GSBN

June Wong

+852 3756 8623

Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation

Media contact: Rebecca Chiew, Communications Manager

|+65 9178 1374 |


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