Maersk adds six 17,000 TEU green containerships to fleet

Maersk adds six 17,000 TEU green containerships to fleet

A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) has ordered six large ocean-going vessels that can be fuelled on green methanol.

The vessels will be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) with a nominal capacity of approximately 17,000 TEU, to replace existing capacity in the Maersk fleet.

Delivery is scheduled in 2025.

“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,” said Henriette Hallberg Thygesen, CEO of Fleet & Strategic Brands at Maersk.

“Global action is needed in this decade in order to meet the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to a 1.5°C temperature rise.”

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The vessels come with dual-fuel engines able to operate on green methanol and are expected to save about 800,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

The company announced they all come as part of its ongoing fleet renewal programme. When all 19 vessels on order are deployed they will generate annual CO2 emissions savings of around 2.3 million tonnes.

Maersk has set a net-zero emissions target for 2040 across the entire business, including a 50 per cent reduction in emissions per transported container in the Maersk Ocean fleet compared to 2020.

The Danish giant recently offered its support for the US Clean Shipping Act targeting shipping’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The bill sets carbon intensity standards for fuels used by ships and sets requirements to eliminate in-port ship emissions by 2030 in a bid to protect the health of port communities, address environmental injustice, and provide solutions to the climate crisis.

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