Shipping needs to be given governmental priority as a first mover in the transformation to a global net-zero economy, and bold decisions need to be made on fuel choice, industry players said at the Shaping the Future of Shipping conference.

Ocean Network Express chief executive Jeremy Nixon said shipping should no longer be at the back of the queue for fuel.

"We have to make sure we are at the front of the queue for renewable energies, because if we can decarbonise shipping, we can decarbonise the world," he said.