The container liner company Ocean Network Express (ONE) announced it has signed contracts with Jiangnan Shipyard and Yangzijiang Shipbuilding for the construction of twelve 13,000 TEU methanol dual-fuel container ships.

The orders are split six each between Jiangnan Shipyard and Yangzijiang Shipbuilding with delivery dates from 2027.

Beyond the potential future greenhouse gas emissions reductions possible through the use of green methanol as a fuel, the ships will have optimised hull forms, waste heat recovery systems and bow windshields.

Selected vessels will also be equipped with an air lubrication system and shaft generator to help with exploring potential enhancements in fuel efficiency and the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Jeremy Nixon, ONE chief executive, said: “Our decision to invest in methanol-dual fuel vessels aligns with ONE’s Green Strategy as part of our key initiatives. Upcoming new fleet is pivotal in achieving our goal of deploying the first alternative fuel ships by 2030 and marks a significant milestone in our journey towards a greener and more sustainable maritime industry.”

The company said ONE´s Green Strategy has an ambitious target to achieve net-zero GHG emissions by 2050.

“To achieve the target, transition from conventional fuel to alternative fuels is defined as ONE’s key pillar of green initiatives,” reads ONE’s statement.