Maersk's methanol-fueled container ship

Maersk's methanol-fueled container vessel (Image: Maersk)

All six of these ships will have dual-fuel methanol engines and will be delivered between 2026 and 2027. The vessels are intended to replace some of the existing ships; Maersk says it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 450,000 tonnes of CO2 per year on a fuel life cycle basis.

“For these six container vessels, we have chosen a design and vessel size which make them very flexible from a deployment point of view. This will allow these vessels to fill many functions in both our current and our future network, thereby offering the flexibility our customers demand. Once phased in, they will replace existing capacity in our fleet,” said Rabab Boulos, Chief Infrastructure Officer at Maersk.

Maersk placed an order for the methanol-fueled vessel in 2021, and subsequent orders since then have reinforced its commitment to green methanol as the company's choice of zero-emissions future fuel. Global orderbook for methanol-fueled vessels currently stand at more than 100, Maersk said.

The company has also implemented an additional program with MAN Energy Services to enable dual-fuel methanol capabilities for some of its ships.

The first methanol-fueled vessel to join the Maersk fleet later this summer is a 2,100 TEU feeder. Maersk recently announced that it has acquired green methanol for the first train ride of its first methanol-fueled ship.

“With this order, we take another step in the green transformation of our fleet and towards our target of becoming net-zero in 2040. As with all our other vessel orders for the last two years, these ships will be able to run on green methanol,” Boulos said.


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Source: (According to Seatrade Maritime)

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