Maersk christens its first large methanol-enabled boxship

Maersk christens first large methanol-enabled vessel

A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) has named its latest methanol-enabled container vessel ‘Ane Maersk’ at HD Hyundai Heavy Industries’ shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea.

The vessel is named after Ane Maersk Mc-Kinney Uggla, the Chair of the A.P. Moller Foundation and A.P. Moller Holding.

The vessel is the first of the Danish shipping company’s 18 big methanol-enabled vessels to be delivered between 2024 and 2025.

It is reportedly the world’s second container vessel capable of transporting methanol. It will start operation on the AE7 string connecting Asia and Europe in early February.

Maersk noted that the new series of vessels has an industry-first distinctive design, with the bridge and accommodation positioned at the vessel’s front, resulting in fuel-efficient operation.

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Vincent Clerc, Chief Executive Officer of A.P. Moller-Maersk, said: “This series of vessels will have a transformative impact on our ambition to progress on our industry-leading climate ambitions. It is a visual and operational proof of our commitment to a more sustainable industry.

“With ‘Ane Maersk’ and her sister vessels, we are expanding our offer to the growing number of businesses aiming to reduce emissions from their supply chains.”

This month, Maersk announced that Flying Tiger Copenhagen will transport its entire ocean freight transport volume under Maersk care with the ECO Delivery solution from 2024.

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