German shipowners have joined the growing push by major sections of the shipping industry to press for zero emissions by 2050 during the COP26 global climate talks in Glasgow.

The German Shipowners' Association (VDR), which represents one of the world's largest containership fleets, said it was joining the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) in urgently calling for a significant tightening of shipping's climate targets.

"Our industry aims to be climate-neutral already by 2050," said Alfred Hartmann, president of the VDR.