Maersk expands its order backlog for green methanol Ship’s crew

AP Moller – Maersk (Maersk) has announced another order for six medium-sized container vessels with dual-fuel engines capable of running on carbon-neutral green methanol. The order brings Maersk’s order book for methanol-powered container ships to 25.

The six ships are being built at Yangzijiang Shipbuilding in China and have a capacity of 9,000 TEU. Deliveries are planned in 2026 and 2027.

“With this order, we are taking another step in the green transformation of our fleet and towards our goal of becoming net zero by 2040. As with all of our other ship orders over the past two years, these ships will be able to sail in an eco-friendly way.” said Rabab Boulos, Maersk’s chief infrastructure officer.

According to the company, the six vessels will replace the existing capacity of the Maersk fleet and reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by about 450,000 tonnes of CO2eq per year when fueled with green methanol.

In 2021, Maersk ordered the world’s first methanol-powered containership after deciding to only order newbuilds that can run on environmentally friendly fuels. The feeder ship has a capacity of 2,100 TEU and is currently being built at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea. Delivery is scheduled for later this year.

Maersk has ordered 18 green methanol-fuelled vessels from Hyundai Heavy Industries, with eight 16,000 TEU vessels ordered in August 2021 and four other sister vessels ordered later, followed by an order for six 17,000 TEU vessels in November 2022. The ships are scheduled for delivery in 2024 and 2025.

Just two years after that first order for a methanol-powered ship, Maersk says the global backlog now exceeds 100 methanol-powered ships.

“For these six container ships, we chose a design and a ship size that makes them very flexible in terms of deployment,” said Boulos. “This allows these ships to take on many roles in both our current and future network, providing the flexibility our customers demand. Once phased in, they will replace the existing capacity in our fleet.”

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