Maersk confirms order for 4 additional methanol-fuelled container ships

Maersk confirms order for 4 additional methanol-fuelled container ships

 

Maersk confirms order for 4 additional methanol-fuelled container ships.


The four new ships can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 million tons per year, accounting for 4.5% of Maersk’s total fleet emissions.

 

Maersk continues to move forward on the channel of ordering green ships.

 

According to Lowe’s report on January 10, 2022, Maersk has confirmed that it has ordered four additional methanol-fueled container ships.

 

Maersk confirms order for 4 additional methanol-fuelled container ships



It is understood that the methanol-fueled container ships ordered this time are 4 selected orders in the 8+4 methanol-fueled container ship agreement signed by Maersk and Hyundai Heavy Industries of South Korea on August 24, 2021, each with a capacity of about 16,000TEU.

 

Maersk said in an email: “We can confirm that it has exercised an option with South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries for four additional methanol-fuelled container ships, which will be delivered in 2025.”

 

Maersk further stated that the four new ships will replace ships of the same capacity that are about to be scrapped in the current fleet. It is reported that the four ships can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 million tons per year, accounting for 4.5% of the total emissions of Maersk’s fleet.

 

Maersk has ordered nine methanol-fuelled containerships since 2021 in response to the carbon emissions challenges the shipping industry is facing.

 

On July 1, 2021, Maersk finalized the order for the world’s first methanol-fueled container ship with a capacity of 2,100TEU and is expected to be delivered in mid-2023.

 

On August 24, 2021, Maersk signed another construction contract for 8+4 methanol-fueled container ships, each with a capacity of about 16,000TEU, the first of which will be put into operation in the first quarter of 2024.

 

Compared with existing marine fuels, using methanol as power can reduce sulfur oxides (SOx) emissions by 99% and carbon dioxide emissions by up to 25%, so it is regarded as an environmentally friendly fuel to replace LNG.

 

It is understood that more than half of Maersk’s 200 major global customers are already setting scientific emission reduction targets for their supply chains, including Amazon, Disney, H&M, HP, Levi’s, Microsoft, Unilever, etc.

 

Maersk CEO once said: “In the future, there will be a huge market demand for green fuel.”

 

 

 

Maersk confirms order for 4 additional methanol-fuelled container ships