Maersk delivers the world’s first methanol – powered container ship

Posted by PartYard Marine


Maersk, the renowned Danish shipping company, has just received the revolutionary vessel HMD Hull 4168, built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co. and Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. This 2,100 TEU container ship is about to embark on its maiden voyage to Copenhagen, marking a significant milestone in the maritime industry. During the 21,500 km journey from Ulsan, South Korea, to Copenhagen, Denmark, Maersk’s sailors will have the opportunity to operate the new methanol-powered engines. This real operating experience is crucial for the company, which is preparing to receive a fleet of large methanol-powered vessels starting in 2024.

In addition to this feeder vessel, Maersk plans to acquire another 18 large ships with capacities ranging from 16,000 to 17,200 TEU, scheduled for delivery in 2024 and 2025. This initiative represents a significant step towards the company’s commitment to becoming carbon-neutral. Maersk is committed to minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and leading a new era in maritime transportation focused on more eco-friendly solutions.

To commemorate this important moment, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will be the godmother of Maersk’s new feeder ship. The Danish company also recently announced that the ship has undergone crucial sea trials, demonstrating its viability and reliability.

Maersk has entered into a strategic partnership with the Dutch company OCI Global, a producer and distributor of hydrogen-based products, to ensure the supply of certified green methanol for the inaugural voyage of this new vessel. This collaboration reinforces Maersk’s commitment to using more sustainable fuels and reducing environmental impact.

Furthermore, as part of its decarbonization strategy, Maersk has ordered six medium-sized container ships from the Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group. These 9,000 TEU vessels will be equipped with dual-fuel engines, allowing for the use of both green methanol and conventional fuel. The vessels are expected to be delivered between 2026 and 2027, further contributing to the reduction of carbon emissions in the maritime transport industry.

Maersk is determined to lead the way towards a greener and more sustainable future, constantly seeking technological innovations and strategic partnerships to achieve its decarbonization goals and contribute to environmental protection.

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