A.P. Moller - Maersk has announced that it has placed further orders for green methanol-powered six large ocean-going vessels. With the order, the company has, in total, ordered 19 vessels with dual-fuel engines operating on green methanol.
According to a press release from Maersk, the six vessels will be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), have a nominal capacity of about 17,000 containers (Twenty Foot Equivalent - TEU), and will replace the existing capacity in its fleet.
The six 17,000 TEU vessels are all to be delivered in 2025 and will sail under the flag of Denmark, the release added.
Henriette Hallberg Thygesen, CEO- Fleet & Strategic Brands, Maersk, said that these six vessels will further accelerate the efforts to offer its customers climate-neutral transport.
Interestingly, when all 19 vessels on order are deployed and have replaced older vessels, they will generate annual CO2 emissions savings of around 2.3 million tonne.
Palle Laursen, Chief Fleet & Technical Officer, Maersk, noted that green methanol is the best scalable green fuel solution for this decade.
Maersk has set a net-zero emissions target for 2040 across the entire business and tangible near-term targets for 2030 to ensure significant progress. This includes a 50% reduction in emissions per transported container in the Maersk Ocean fleet compared to 2020 and a principle of only ordering new-built vessels that can be operated on green fuels.
Maersk noted that it will further reiterate its strategy of maintaining a fleet capacity at a maximum of 4.3 million TEU as a combination of Maersk-managed and time-chartered vessels.