Maersk invites public to tour green boxship after name-giving event

Danish container giant Maersk invites the public to come aboard a container ship of the future when one of the world’s first methanol-enabled vessels arrives in Los Angeles. Maersk and its partner in the name-giving event Nike will christen the green-fuelled containership this August.

Powered by green fuel for its maiden voyage and capable of carrying more than 16,000 containers (TEU), the vessel will get its new name at a private ceremony at the port of Los Angeles Outer Harbor on Tuesday, August 27.

“By working with suppliers like Maersk, who share our commitment to sustainability, we are scaling our use of biofuels in ocean transportation, our main first-mile delivery channel,” said Nike’s chief supply chain officer, Venkatesh Alagirisamy, which emphasized the fact that it is a responsibility to use more sustainable methods to get closer to zero carbon and zero waste.

Maersk’s CEO Vincent Clerc will be on hand, alongside special guest speakers from Nike and leading state and local officials.

On Wednesday, August 28, Maersk invites the public to tour the 350-meter-long vessel, which will be sailing from Asia.

Visitors will be able to see the sailors’ living quarters and even stand on the bridge from where the captain controls the vessel.

Public tours will require visitors register for a free ticket via an online registration site that will be activated and announced in August.

This is the fifth container vessel in Maersk’s fleet that can sail on green methanol, an alternative to conventional bunker oil.

Maersk has ordered 20 additional methanol-enabled vessels.

“This event is not only an opportunity to celebrate a remarkable engineering achievement, but the chance to highlight that we can navigate towards more sustainable supply chains if we work together,” noted Charles van der Steene, regional president for Maersk North America.