An Italian trio comprising energy major Eni, shipbuilder Fincantieri, and the inspection, certification, and engineering consultancy RINA have joined forces to develop initiatives to aid energy transition in the maritime sector.

Carlo Luzzatto, chief executive and general manager of RINA, said the three partners “have the opportunity to share knowledge and experience and to contribute to more sustainable solutions that support the shipping supply chain.”

According to a joint media release, the partnership formalizes a commitment to developing joint projects, in line with the partners’ strategies, to decarbonize the maritime sector in the medium to long term with the goal of net zero by 2050.

Meanwhile, the partners will evaluate the potential of establishing a permanent global observatory regarding future technological, regulatory, and market developments.

According to the press release, the three companies will conduct a comprehensive analysis and evaluation of the most sustainable alternatives to support the maritime decarbonisation pathway.

This will also be based on the development of complementary solutions to fuels already available for other hard-to-abate sectors.

In the joint release, the partners said they will focus on examining the current energy infrastructure and establishing new logistic structures, encompassing the necessary sector investments.

Giuseppe Ricci, chief operating officer for energy evolution at Eni, pointed out: “To meet the objectives of the UN 2030 Agenda, it is important not only to manage what is immediate but also to act with a medium to long-term perspective, developing partnerships to create more sustainable solutions and products.”

Pierroberto Folgiero, chief executive and managing director of Fincantieri, noted: “Indeed, new technologies must be industrialized on board ships, just as new fuels must be produced and distributed at the dock. Only with a concept of “operationalizing innovation” can we lead our industry and project our shipbuilding leadership into the future”.

The understanding may be the subject of subsequent binding agreements that the parties will define in compliance with the applicable legislation, including that relating to transactions between related parties, said the media release.