Eastaway, the owner of Singaporean shipping company X-Press Feeders, has ordered six newly built 1,250 TEU methanol dual-fuel container ships from CSSC subsidiary Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding.
The first boxship will arrive on X-Press Feeders’ European trade lanes by Q2 2025, with all ships joining the fleet by Q3 2026.
The new Ice-class vessels will adopt the methanol dual-fuel design of the Sdari Sealion CV1250 and will produce about 75% fewer emissions when running on green methanol, according to X-Press Feeders.
X-Press Feeders is the world’s largest independent shipping company with a fleet of over 100 vessels. Alphaliner lists the airline as the 17th largest in the world.
The Sea Consortium-controlled feeder operator is taking a number of proactive steps to reduce the environmental impact of its fleet and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, including nuclear power, methanol-fueled newbuilds and carbon capture retrofits.
“To achieve our goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, we must take concrete steps today. This order for six dual-fuel methanol vessels is a testament to our commitment not only to talk about carbon neutrality goals, but to invest and take risks to achieve them. “X-Press Feeders will continue to look for opportunities to invest additional resources to reduce emissions through operating more efficiently and promoting sustainable practices across our network,” said Shmuel Yoskovitz, the company’s CEO.