A.P. Moller - Maersk keeps going green with the addition of six more big container ships
Maersk has in total ordered 19 vessels with dual-fuel engines able to operate on green methanol. When all 19 vessels are deployed, they will generate annual CO2 emissions savings of around 2.3 million tonnes.
A.P. Moller - Maersk (Maersk) says it has ordered six more large ocean-going ships that can run on green methanol. Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) will build the six ships, which can hold a maximum of about 17,000 containers (Twenty Foot Equivalent - TEU). They will replace ships in the Maersk fleet that are already in use.
"Our customers are looking to us to decarbonise their supply chains, and these six vessels able to operate on green methanol will further accelerate the efforts to offer our customers climate neutral transport."
"Global action is needed in this decade in order to meet the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to a 1.5°C temperature rise." Henriette Hallberg Thygesen, CEO of Fleet & Strategic Brands at Maersk.
Maersk has set a goal for the whole company to have net-zero emissions by 2040. They have also set concrete goals for 2030 to make sure they make a lot of progress. This includes reducing emissions by 50% for each container moved by the Maersk Ocean fleet by 2020 and making it a rule to only order new ships that can run on green fuels.
19 green methanol vessels on order With this order, Maersk has now bought 19 ships with engines that can run on both fossil fuels and green methanol.
"Green methanol is the best scalable green fuel solution for this decade, and we're glad to see that more shipowners are going this way. It gives more speed to the rapid scaling of availability that is needed to lower the price of green methanol and speed up the development of shipping that doesn't hurt the environment." Palle Laursen, Chief Fleet and Technical Officer at Maersk,
compared to conventional fuel capabilities, the additional capital expenditure (CAPEX) for the methanol dual-fuel capability is between 8 and 12%, which is better than when Maersk ordered eight ships with the same technology last year.
All six 17,000 TEU ships will be delivered in 2025 and sail under the Danish flag. All of them are part of Maersk's ongoing fleet renewal program, and their capacity will replace the same amount of capacity that is leaving the Maersk-managed fleet because it has reached the end of its useful life. When all 19 ships that have been ordered are in use and have replaced older ships, they will save about 2.3 million tonnes of CO2 each year.
Maersk says again that its plan is to keep its fleet capacity at a maximum of 4.3 million TEU, which includes both ships that it owns and ships that it rents out for a set amount of time.
The six ships can hold a total of about 17,000 Twenty Foot Equivalent (TEU) containers. They will all be delivered in 2025. They have engines that can run on both gasoline and green methanol. About 800,000 tonnes of CO2 will be saved each year by the six 17,000 ships that run on green methanol.
Source: maersk news