AP Moller-Maersk chief executive Soren Skou has called for fossil-fuelled ships to be phased out in a bid to boost the shipping industry’s decarbonisation efforts.

“The EU Commission is proposing to end production of combustion engine cars in 2035," he said via social media. "The International Maritime Organization should do the same for fossil-fuelled ships with ambitious targets and measures to decarbonise shipping.”

Speaking via Maersk’s Twitter account, Skou said combining a global carbon tax and an end date for fossil-fuelled ships would be a strong signal to the shipping ecosystem — including yards and fuel producers — about which way the wind is blowing.