AP Moller-Maersk, Adds six additional large container vessels that can sail on green methanol
AP Moller-Maersk (Maersk) has announced that it has ordered a further six large ocean-going vessels that can sail on green methanol.
The six vessels, built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), will have a nominal capacity of approximately 17,000 containers (TEU). They will replace existing capacity in the Maersk fleet.
“Our customers are looking to us to decarbonise their supply chains, and these six vessels able to operate on green methanol will further accelerate the efforts to offer our customers climate neutral transport, “explained Henriette Hallberg Thygesen, CEO, Fleet & Strategic Brands, Maersk.
Maersk has set a net-zero emissions target for 2040 across the entire business and has also set tangible near-term targets for 2030 to ensure significant progress, a press statement indicated.
Nineteen green methanol vessels on order
With the order, Maersk has in total ordered 19 vessels with dual-fuel engines able to operate on green methanol.
“Green methanol is the best scalable green fuel solution for this decade. It adds further momentum to the rapid scaling of availability needed to bring down the premium on green methanol and accelerate the evolution of climate neutral shipping,” noted Palle Laursen, Chief Fleet & Technical Officer, Maersk.
The six 17,000 TEU vessels are all to be delivered in 2025 and will sail under the flag of Denmark. They all come as part of Maersk’s ongoing fleet renewal program and their capacity will replace an equal amount of capacity reaching end-of-life and leaving the Maersk managed fleet.
When all 19 vessels on order are deployed and have replaced older vessels, they will generate annual carbon dioxide emissions savings of around 2.3mn tonnes.