A.P Moller-Maersk, the largest container shipping line in the world, has released a video of the Maersk Mette’s historic eco-friendly Rotterdam-Shanghai voyage, which was taken by the vessel’s Captain Thomas Hvilborg.
— Maersk (@Maersk) April 25, 2019
The video shows the Maersk Mette, a large triple-E vessel, entering the Port of Hong Kong as it reaches the halfway point of its trial. The vessel is being run entirely on a cooking oil-based biofuel as part of a collaboration with Heineken, Phillips, Shell, Unilever, DSM and FrieslandCampina.
Other pictures shared by Hvilborg show the vessel passing UK port of Dover and approaching the Suez Canal.
— Thomas Hvilborg (@hvilborg) March 25, 2019
PTI covered the trial, the biggest in the world, when it was announced on March 22, 2019. On April 5, 2019, the Port of Rotterdam also released a video that showed the vessel embarking on its journey.
— Thomas Hvilborg (@hvilborg) April 2, 2019
All parties believe that the voyage will save approximately 1.5 million kilograms of CO2 during its journey, which will see it return to Rotterdam in June.
May look the same, but knowing that we are burning biofuel gives a warm sensation. #maersk #mettemaersk #biofuel #abetterworld #shipping #Maritime #savingtheplanet #gogreen. pic.twitter.com/GVsyCFLMiO
— Thomas Hvilborg (@hvilborg) March 26, 2019
At that point, the results will be anaylzed, with the hope of identifying future ways to decarbonizing shipping. Maersk announced plans in December 2018 to launch commercially viable carbon-free vessels by 2030 and completely decarbonize its fleet by 2050.