The world’s first methanol-powered container ship is bunkering green methanol in Korea Ship’s crew

The world’s first methanol-powered container ship refueled in green methanol bunkers before its maiden voyage in Ulsan, South Korea.

Maersk’s new vessel was delivered from the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard earlier this month. With a capacity of 2,100 TEU, the 172 meter long feeder ship is used in the Baltic between northern Europe and the Gulf of Bothnia.

Odfjell Terminal Korea (OTK) said it loaded 1,000 tons of green methanol to the ship in Ulsan on July 16, marking the world’s first bunkering of green methanol.

“We congratulate Maersk on this important milestone and are proud to be the first terminal to successfully bunker this unique vessel with green methanol,” said Joseph Kim, CEO of OTK. “In recent months there have been business reviews and technical efforts into safe and successful methanol bunker supply models. We anticipate that these results will lay the foundation for further development of the methanol bunker business.”

AIS showed the ship with its unofficial name Laura Maerskleft Ulsan on Monday 17 July for her maiden voyage to Copenhagen, where she will be officially christened in September.

Maersk announced last month that it has secured ISCC-certified green biomethanol for the ship’s maiden voyage from OCI Global (Euronext: OCI).

“The successful bunkering is a testament to the collaboration of all partners involved and we look forward to pushing further green methanol voyages from now on,” said Ahmed El-Hoshy, CEO of OCI Global.

The feeder vessel is the first of 25 dual-fuel methanol vessels to come from Maersk. The next ships will be much larger, with 18 of the ships being between 16,000 and 17,000 TEU and six being 9,000 TEU. Deliveries are scheduled between 2024 and 2027.

Maersk has set an ambitious goal of becoming 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.

“This voyage is an important step in our effort to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 as it will allow us to gain the necessary operating experience with the new engines and fuels before our larger methanol-equipped ships arrive.” coming years,” said Morten Bo Christiansen, Head of Energy Transition, AP Moller-Maersk.

Green methanol can reduce emissions of sulfur oxides (Sox), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) by more than 95% and NOx by up to 80% compared to conventional marine fuels and can be carbon neutral on a life cycle basis.

“As part of our role as a key hub terminal in Northeast Asia, we will further expand our expertise in decarbonization and green fuel supply chains. We look forward to welcoming more energy efficient and environmentally friendly fuel ships in the years to come. In the meantime, we wish the pioneer ship and crew well on this historic maiden voyage,” added Joseph Kim, CEO of OTK.

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