Maersk signs shipbuilding contract for container vessel fuelled by carbon neutral methanol

Maersk Pakistan has designed a Supply Chain Management solution for PEL, a Pakistani home appliance and electrical equipment manufacturer.

A.P. Moller – Maersk and Hyundai Mipo Dockyards have announced an agreement on a contract for Hyundai Mipo to build a feeder vessel with a dual engine technology enabling it to sail on either methanol or traditional very low Sulphur fuel. Maersk announced the intention to order the vessel, an industry first, according to the company, in February 2021. 

“This groundbreaking container vessel shows that scalable solutions to properly solve shipping’s emissions challenge are available already today. From 2023 it will give us valuable experience in operating the container vessels of the future while offering a truly carbon neutral product for our many customers who look to us for help to decarbonize their supply chains,” said Henriette Hallberg Thygesen, CEO of Fleet & Strategic Brands, A.P. Moller – Maersk. Hallberg Thygesen continued, “From 2023 it will give us valuable experience in operating the container vessels of the future while offering a truly carbon neutral product for our many customers who look to us for help to decarbonise their supply chains.”

The feeder will be 172 meters long and will sail in the network of Sealand Europe, a Maersk subsidiary, on the Baltic shipping route between Northern Europe and the Bay of Bothnia. The methanol propulsion configuration for the vessel will be developed by MAN Energy Solutions and Hyundai Engine and Machinery (main engine) and Himsen (aux engine) in collaboration with Hyundai Mipo and Maersk. Classification society will be American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).

”Developing this vessel is a significant challenge, but we have already come a long way in our work with the yard and the makers to reach this milestone. While we are pioneering these solutions for our industry, we are working with well-proven technologies and the cost potential from further scaling is becoming very clear to us,” said Ole Graa Jakobsen, Head of Fleet Technology, A.P. Moller – Maersk.

Graa Jakobsen added, “While we are pioneering these solutions for our industry, we are working with well-proven technologies and the cost potential from further scaling is becoming very clear to us.”

More than half of Maersk’s largest customers have reportedly set, or are planning to set, science-based or zero carbon targets for their supply chains, making the order an important step in the Maersk efforts to support the rising number of customers calling for carbon neutral products, according to Maersk.

Source: Maersk

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