Maersk Orders Six Methanol-Powered Container Ships

A rendering of a methanol-powered Maersk container ship. Image: A.P. Moller-Maersk.

As part of its effort to meet net-zero emissions goals, global ocean carrier Maersk has ordered six more green methanol-fueled vessels that are to be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, the company announced Oct. 5.

Planned for delivery by 2025, the new order of six roughly 17,000 TEU-vessels brings Maersk’s green methanol vessel total to 19 ships.

The company said that it has a goal of net-zero emissions across the entire business by 2040 with “tangible near-term targets for 2030 to ensure significant progress,” including a 50% drop in air emissions per transported container in Maersk Ocean fleet compared to 2020 and a priority that orders for new ships run on green fuels.

The six new ships are expected to save about 800,000 tons of CO2 emissions a year.

“Our customers are looking to us to decarbonize their supply chains, and these six vessels able to operate on green methanol will further accelerate the efforts to offer our customers climate neutral transport,” Henriette Hallberg Thygesen, Maersk’s CEO of Fleet and Strategic Brands said.

By Karen Robes Meeks