More than half of new vessels currently being built for Danish shipping companies will be able to sail on green fuels, Danish Shipowners’ Association Danske Rederier said.

Danish shipping companies currently have 67 new ships in the order book, which will be delivered from shipyards around the world in the coming years.

This increases the number of Danish ships in the order books for the third year in a row.  As many as 67 ships are currently in the shipyards’ order books.

Of these ships, 35 or just over 52%, can run on green fuels. These include the service operation vessel (SOV), which ESVAGT and Ørsted expect to receive in 2024.

The tonnage ordered has increased by 7% compared to the same time last year, and if someone look at the tonnage of the ships, the green development appears even more clearly.

Over 80% of the new tonnage can run on green fuels. Danish shipping companies have been placing orders for new ships in many different ship segments.

There are most containerships in the order books, but tugboats also fill up well.

Earlier this year, Denmark-based shipping major AP Møller-Mærsk commissioned the world’s first container ship, the Laura Maersk, which can sail on green e-methanol.

Jacob K. Clasen, COO of Danske Rederier, said: “The Danish shipping companies have really signed up to the green transition. It is a very significant development when more than 80% of the new tonnage that is on the way is on ships that can sail on green fuels.

“The new ships will also replace older and less energy-efficient ships, so this is a very gratifying development.”

Peter Lytzen, chief executive of ESVAGT, noted: “We are extremely busy, not least with servicing offshore wind turbines, so we are very much looking forward to receiving our new SOV from the shipyard next year. We need it.

“And then there is also a wonderful feeling when the ships that contribute to deploying more green energy can sail on green fuels themselves in the near future. Then we really start to make some progress.”