Maersk takes delivery of first methanol-fuelled Containership

The shipping giant Maersk has signed and taken delivery of the world’s first container vessel operating on green methanol, built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and Hyundai Heavy Industries.

The vessel is now preparing to embark on her maiden voyage towards the Danish capital Copenhagen.

“The introduction of this container vessel is a significant step towards realizing our commitment to becoming carbon neutral, and it marks the beginning of a new era in shipping, where we together can minimize greenhouse gas emissions and create a greener future,” Maersk stated yesterday in the social media.

The Shipping Telegraph reported in June that Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, has accepted to be named godmother of A.P. Moller – Maersk’s new container vessel sailing on green methanol.

Ursula von der Leyen will formally name the vessel at a ceremony in the Danish capital in Copenhagen on September 14, where it arrives on its maiden voyage, before heading to its regular operational route in the Baltic Sea.

The 2,100 teu danish-flagged 172-meter-long container vessel will stay in the Toldboden area of the Copenhagen harbor for about a week, and be the focal point of several events and activities related to the shipping industry’s effort to decarbonise.

The shipyard Hyundai Mipo Dockyard has confirmed the signing and the delivery of the container vessel operating on green methanol, through a post in the social media.

The shipping giant is taking a number of proactive steps to reduce the environmental impact of its fleet and becoming net-zero emission by 2040, as it aims to transport a minimum of 25% of Ocean cargo using green fuels by 2030, compared to a 2020 baseline.

The Danish company prepares to receive a fleet of new, large ocean-going methanol engine powered ships from 2024, and considers this feeder vessel as a major step toward the long-term objective of gradually renewing the entire fleet to operate solely on green fuels.