Maersk takes delivery of the world’s first methanol-powered container ship Ship’s crew

Maersk has announced the delivery of the world’s first methanol-powered container ship.

The vessel, a 2,100 TEU feeder vessel, is the first of 25 carbon-neutral container ships on order that Maersk will be powered by green methanol fuel.

The 172 meter long ship was ordered from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea in July 2021. The Danish-registered vessel will operate on a Baltic Sea route between Northern Europe and the Gulf of Bothnia.

Maersk announced last month that it had secured ISCC-certified green biomethanol for the ship’s maiden voyage from OCI Global. Under an agreement, OCI Global (Euronext: OCI) will supply Maersk with the ISCC-certified green biomethanol for the ship’s maiden voyage via the Suez Canal to northern Europe this summer. The ship will bunker at several major ports en route, including the port of Rotterdam.

An illustration of Maersk’s 2,100 TEU capacity feeder ship under construction. Image courtesy of Maersk

Maersk has set ambitious sustainability goals and aims to become carbon neutral by 2040, which is a decade ahead of most other companies in the industry. The company has also set shorter-term targets that call for a 50% reduction in the greenhouse gas emissions intensity of its maritime fleet and a 70% reduction in absolute emissions from its fully controlled terminals by 2030.

To achieve these goals, Maersk has ordered 24 additional environmentally friendly methanol-fuelled vessels, including twelve 16,000-TEU vessels and six 17,000-TEU vessels from Hyundai Heavy Industries, with deliveries in 2024 and 2025, and six additional 9,000-TEU vessels TEU vessels ordered from Yangzijiang Shipbuilding in China. These six deliveries are scheduled for 2026 and 2027.

The new feeder ship is to take over the name Laura Maersk at an official naming ceremony in Copenhagen in September.

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