Maersk launches methanol-powered feeders in bold step towards carbon neutrality

Container shipping heavyweight Maersk has reached a major milestone in its efforts to reduce carbon emissions with the successful launch of its first methanol-powered feeder vessel at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard.

“The launch has been successfully completed at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and construction is ongoing,” Henrik Ekmann, Head of Newbuilding & Retrofit at Maersk, explains.

South Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Dockyard launched the feeder on April 4th.

The ship is the company’s first carbon neutral ship and will join its fleet this summer.

“The launch of these mega structures requires precision and care, extensive product and design development from a large number of key suppliers and is driven by our procurement and fleet technology teams.” adds Ekman.

The ship is at the heart of Maersk’s decarbonization strategy as the company aims to become net zero by 2040.

The ship with a capacity of around 2,000 TEU was already ordered in 2021. While the ship can run on standard VLSFO, there are plans to run it on carbon neutral e-methanol or sustainable bio-methanol from day one.

Both the ship’s main and auxiliary engines can run on green methanol.

MAN Energy Solutions and Hyundai Engine and Machinery, in collaboration with Hyundai Mipo and Maersk, developed the methanol propulsion configuration for the vessel. The main engine was supplied by Hyundai Engine and Machinery while the auxiliary engine was supplied by Himsen.

The ship is classified by the American Bureau of Shipping.

Maersk previously announced that the feeder will be 172 meters long and will operate on the network operated by Sealand Europe, a Maersk subsidiary, on the Baltic shipping route between northern Europe and the Gulf of Bothnia.

In addition, Maersk has partnered with REintegrate, a subsidiary of Danish renewable energy company European Energy, to produce green fuel for its first methanol-powered container ship.

Namely, the renewable energy company is building the plant and intends to produce about 10,000 tons of e-methanol for Maersk’s carbon-neutral ship.

The feeder will be followed by 18 large seagoing vessels with a capacity of 16,000 to 17,200 TEU, which are scheduled for delivery in 2024 and 2025

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