Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, has kindly agreed to be named godmother of AP Moller – Maersk’s new feeder ship, the world’s first container ship to run on green methanol. The Commission President will officially christen the ship on September 14 at a ceremony in Copenhagen, where it will arrive on its maiden voyage before setting off on its regular Baltic Sea itinerary. The Danish-flagged 172-meter vessel is a major milestone for AP Moller – Maersk’s plans to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across the company by 2040.
“Just a few years ago, this iconic ship was just a vision. It is a reality and we are honored that Ursula von der Leyen has agreed to be her godmother. The European Commission, particularly its President, has been instrumental in leading the European continent towards an ambitious, green future. Our new ship is a concrete example of the transformations that EU policies support. This truly embodies the Green Deal indeed,” says Vincent Clerc, CEO of AP Moller – Maersk.
The 2,100 TEU (20ft equivalent) container ship will remain in the Toldboden area of the Port of Copenhagen for around a week and will be the focus of several events and activities related to the shipping industry’s decarbonisation efforts. The ship will provide Maersk seafarers with real operating experience using the new engines and using green methanol as a fuel as the company prepares to welcome a fleet of new, large ocean-going methanol-powered vessels in 2024.
To meet the ambitious target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 on time, AP Moller – Maersk is aiming to transport at least 25% of ocean freight using green fuels by 2030 compared to the base year 2020. The pioneering feeder ship is an important step in Towards the long-term goal of gradually converting the entire fleet to run exclusively on environmentally friendly fuels.