In 2021, Maersk ordered the world’s first methanol-enabled container vessel following a commitment to the principle of only ordering newbuilt vessels that can sail on green fuels.
Just two years later, the global orderbook stands at more than 100 methanol-enabled vessels.
By ordering additional six vessels, Maersk now has 25 methanol-enabled vessels on order.
Later this summer, the first methanol-enabled vessel, a 2,100 TEU feeder vessel, will be delivered to Maersk.
The new vessels have a capacity of 9,000 containers, and they all have dual-fuel engines, making them able to operate on both fuel oil and methanol.
Upon delivery, the vessels will replace existing capacity in the Maersk fleet.
Replacing vessels in a similar size segment, the new vessels will reduce Maersk’s annual greenhouse gas emissions by about 450,000 tons CO2e per year on a fuel lifecycle basis when operating on green methanol, according to the company.
“With this order, we take another step in the green transformation of our fleet and towards our target of becoming net-zero in 2040. As with all our other vessel orders for the last two years, these ships will be able to run on green methanol,” said Rabab Boulos, chief infrastructure officer at Maersk.
“For these six container vessels, we have chosen a design and vessel size which make them very flexible from a deployment point of view. This will allow these vessels to fill many functions in both our current and our future network, thereby offering the flexibility our customers demand. Once phased in, they will replace existing capacity in our fleet,” he added.