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Maersk to Celebrate Launch of World's First Methanol-Powered Boxship in September Christening Ceremony in Copenhagen
By Sea and Coast | 27/04/2023
Maersk, the Danish container shipping major, is gearing up for a groundbreaking milestone in the maritime industry. The company is set to host a series of events in Copenhagen from September 18 to 21, commemorating the world's first-ever container vessel powered by green methanol. The highly anticipated celebrations will include a naming ceremony for the 2,100 TEU feeder vessel, which was launched earlier this year at South Korea's Hyundai Mipo Dockyard.
This carbon-neutral vessel is a major achievement for Maersk as it pushes towards its ambitious goal of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. Both the main and auxiliary engines of the feeder ship can operate on green methanol, making it the company's first-ever carbon-neutral vessel. The vessel's launch is a significant step towards Maersk's long-term objective of renewing its entire fleet to operate solely on green fuels, making a tangible impact in the industry's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
As Maersk prepares to receive a fleet of new, large ocean-going methanol-powered ships from 2024 onwards, the company is set to gain invaluable experience from operating the new type of fuel. The feeder vessel will also bring real-world experience for Maersk seafarers. The company aims to transport a minimum of 25% of ocean cargo using green fuels by 2030 compared to a 2020 baseline, and the launch of the world's first container vessel powered by green methanol is a significant step towards achieving this goal. Maersk's commitment to sustainable shipping is driving the industry towards a greener future.