ZeroNorth, the recent spin-off from Maersk Tankers, helps vessel owners and operators in the tramp shipping industry to reduce CO2 emissions and optimise earnings through its software Optimise. The collaboration with Cargill will increase the number of vessels using the software to just under 1,000.

“By using the quantitative data approach on vessel performance, Cargill’s customers will benefit from reduced CO2 emissions and bunker consumption. Reducing CO2 emissions through improved vessel performance is a critical part of our business and we recognise the value of collaboration with fellow industry leaders to achieve this. By partnering with ZeroNorth, we will combine Cargill’s experience in chartering and trading with ZeroNorth’s expertise in software engineering,” says Jan Dieleman, Business Leader for Cargill Ocean Transportation.

In June 2020, ZeroNorth announced it was looking for a new investor alongside Maersk Tankers to grow and develop the company into an industry-wide platform for the global tanker and dry bulk fleet. As investor, Cargill will play an active role in shaping the company’s strategic direction. Cargill has been a customer since 2019, testing the Optimise software on part of its chartered fleet.

“By having Cargill onboard as a large-scale customer and investor we are taking yet another step towards digitalising the tramp shipping industry to make a positive impact on the climate,” says Soren C. Meyer, CEO at ZeroNorth. “We are excited to have Cargill and Maersk Tankers, two industry leaders, as both owners and customers of ZeroNorth. They share our commitment to leading the industry to a more sustainable future and we will harness their insight to deliver value for our customers, and for the industry as a whole,” says Meyer.

The agreement is subject to anti-trust review and approval.