Trafigura’s Shipping and Chartering Division operates as a service provider securing competitive and reliable freight for our in-house oil, metals and minerals traders. The Wet and Dry Freight desks also operate respectively as profit centres in their own right.

Shipping and chartering operations are managed out of Trafigura’s key regional hubs in Athens, Geneva, Houston, Lima, Montevideo and Singapore. As a result, we have 24/7 coverage of freight and physical commodity markets.

All post-fixture operations, which include issuing voyage orders, completing stowage plans, negotiating with port agents and handling demurrage claims are managed centrally from our Athens office.


Trafigura's work to decarbonise shipping

The decarbonisation of shipping is an urgent and achievable goal. Without significant action, emissions from the sector are set to materially increase by 2050. Trafigura is committed to the transition to zero emissions shipping and our new decarbonisation target – a 25 percent reduction in carbon intensity by 2030 against the 2019 IMO normalised industry baseline across our entire chartering operation – is a statement of our intent. 

We are advocating for industry-wide action on shipping emissions and investing in new technologies and vessels to help achieve a more sustainable shipping industry. Trafigura is a member of the Getting to Zero Coalition, through which over 200 shipping industry participants have issued a Call to Action for rapid action from governments to decarbonise the sector. We are also founding members of the Sea Cargo Charter, a coalition to establish a shared methodology to collect, assess and report shipping emissions in order to help build the platform needed to create industry transparency and drive change. In September 2020, we published a whitepaper that called for a global carbon levy on maritime fuels to incentivise low-carbon innovation and we remain encouraged by the growing support for this proposal.  Trafigura is also a founding member of the COP26-launched First Movers Coalition, which is focused on reducing emissions in key hard-to-abate industries. As part of its pledge to the First Movers Coalition, Trafigura has also committed to convert six vessels – 18 percent of its current owned fleet – to use zero-emissions fuels by 2030. 

Other initiatives in which Trafigura is involved include co-sponsoring MAN Energy Solutions green ammonia two-stroke engine and co-funding studies focused on using green ammonia as a zero-emissions shipping fuel. 

We are also investing in Hy2gen, a developer of hydrogen and e-fuels production technologies, and in Daphne Technologies, which is developing innovative technology to remove emissions such as nitrogen oxides, methane and carbon dioxide from the combustion gas of any fuel.



Charting a course to a greener future for shipping: Low-emission shipping fuels and the development opportunity for the Global South

Shipping is an important industry that plays a significant role in global trade and economic growth, but it is also responsible for 3 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions. 
The industry’s current goal of reducing total annual GHG emissions by least 50 percent by 2050 compared to the 2008 baseline, is not ambitious enough to meet the immense climate challenge we face today. This needs to change and soon. 
While technology and biofuels have a role to play, ultimately the only way to achieve deep decarbonisation of shipping is by switching to low-emission fuels. 
With the right policy settings, we see large potential for producing two of these fuels - green ammonia and green methanol - in countries with access to abundant solar energy, wind power and land. 
However, this potential, which could provide developing countries with the chance to develop new export industries and create thousands of skilled jobs, won’t be realised unless the shipping industry can agree on challenging decarbonisation targets and crucially implements a price on carbon. 
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has an essential role to play in this regard, as the de facto global regulator of shipping. By agreeing and implementing ambitious science-based decarbonisation targets in its revised GHG Strategy, the IMO can accelerate the development of low- and zero-emission fuels and attract the investment needed to overhaul the infrastructure of the global shipping industry and retrofit a fleet of ships.
Delaying action will only add to the eventual cost of decarbonisation. Shipping needs to act now to tackle its emissions footprint and start the journey to a sustainable and resilient future.
Interview with Margaux Moore and Rasmus Bach Nielsen on charting a course to a greener future for shipping

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Interview with Margaux Moore and Rasmus Bach Nielsen on charting a course to a greener future for shipping

May 2023



A proposal for an IMO-led global shipping industry decarbonisation programme

Reducing shipping emissions is vital in the fight against global climate change, yet greenhouse gas emissions from the global maritime sector are increasing. According to an International Maritime Organisation (IMO) study published in August 2020, emissions are projected to increase by as much as 130 percent by 2050 compared to 2008 levels if mitigation measures are not urgently put in place. 

In this paper, Trafigura sets out a proposal for IMO member states to help accelerate progress towards the decarbonisation of the shipping industry via the introduction of a levy on carbon intensive marine fuels. 

Download the proposal



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