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Heading for net-zero

Maersk orders 6 new dual-fuel boxships

by Port News Editorial Staff

Maersk has ordered six new dual-fuel containerships which can run on methanol from Yangzijiang Shipbuilding in China.

Details of the deal have not been made public. The 9000 TEU vessels, to be delivered between 2026 and 2027, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 450,000 tonnes of Co2 a year.

This is not the first time the Danish giant has invested in using methanol as an environmentally-friendly fuel for its fleet. In 2021, the liner ordered several dual-fuel 16,000 TEU boxships from South Korean shipyards.

Maersk has a total of 25 dual-fuel vessels running on methanol in its order book.

Rabab Boulos, Chief Infrastructure Officer at Maersk said that the order was  another step towards Maersk’s ecological transformation of its fleet and achieving its target of being net-zero in 2040.  He pointed out that like all Maersk’s other vessel orders over the last  two years, these  ships would  be able to run on methanol.

Translation by Giles Foster

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