Maersk Christens its First 16,000 TEU Methanol-Powered Boxship

A.P. Moller – Maersk has christened its first 16,592-TEU dual-fuel methanol container ship, and it will be known as the Ane Maersk.

Maersk christened the ship at a private ceremony in the shipyard of HD Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, South Korea.

The vessel was named after Ane Maersk Mc-Kinney Uggla, chair of the AP Moller Foundation and AP Moller Holding.

Ane’s eldest granddaughter Astrid served as godmother and christened the vessel by breaking a champagne bottle over the bow.

“Ane Mærsk” is the first of Maersk’s 18 large methanol-enabled vessels, that will be delivered between 2024 and 2025.

The ship will begin her maiden voyage on green methanol, whilst Maersk continues to work on 2024-2025 sourcing and bunkering solutions for its methanol-enabled vessel fleet.

It is the tradition of naming Maersk vessels after members of the founding family. Ane Mærsk Mc-Kinney Uggla is the granddaughter of A.P. Møller, who founded A.P. Moller – Maersk in 1904.

A.P. Møller was succeeded by Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, the father of Mrs. Uggla.

In the beginning of February, it will enter service on the AE7 string connecting Asia and Europe, marking a significant milestone in the company’s commitment to low-emissions shipping solutions.

Maersk said the vessels in the new series “have an industry-first innovative design with the bridge and accommodation placed at the very front of the vessel, which ensures fuel efficient operations.”

Maersk Christens its First 16,000 TEU Methanol-Powered Boxship

Vincent Clerc, chief executive of A.P. Moller-Maersk, noted: “This series of vessels will have a transformative impact on our ambition to progress on our industry-leading climate ambitions. It is a visual and operational proof of our commitment to a more sustainable industry.

“With “Ane Mærsk” and her sister vessels we are expanding our offer to the growing number of businesses aiming to reduce emissions from their supply chains.”

Video credit: HD Hyundai Heavy Industries