A.P.Møller-Mærsk A/S, commonly known as Maersk, has unveiled the concept for its first green fuel-powered vessel, being constructed by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard.
The feeder vessel will be outfitted with a dual-fuel engine, the company said in its announcement, with the capacity to operate on green methanol. This, Mærsk said, is its “commitment to lead the way towards a sustainable shipping industry.”
Green methanol is methanol produced renewably and without polluting emissions, one of its variants being generated from green hydrogen. This chemical compound can be used as a low-carbon liquid fuel and is a promising alternative to fossil fuels in areas where decarbonisation is a major challenge, such as maritime transport.
“I am very happy with the progress we are making on the project. We have now completed all key design-related milestones and production is progressing at full speed with delivery expected during summer,” says Ole Graa Jakobsen, Head of Fleet Technology. “It has been a huge project, but we have succeeded not least due to great collaboration internally in Maersk and with our external partners.”
To hit home the point that the vessel kick starts a new generation of green methanol vessels, Maersk said it coined the tagline “ALL THE WAY TO ZERO” to build on its existing brand platform and to highlight its decarbonisation efforts.
Maersk has set its sights on going climate-neutral by 2040 with new technology, new vessels, and new fuels.