Maersk has made an order of six mid-sized container vessels – all having dual-fuel engines able to operate on green methanol. Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group will build the six 9000 TEU vessels, which will be delivered in 2026 and 2027.

‘With this order, we take another step in the green transformation of our fleet and towards our target of becoming net-zero in 2040,’ says Rabab Boulos, Chief Infrastructure Officer at Maersk. ‘As with all our other vessel orders for the last two years, these ships will be able to run on green methanol.’

In 2021, Maersk ordered the world’s first methanol-enabled container vessel following a commitment to the principle of only ordering newbuilt vessels that can sail on green fuels. Just two years later, the global orderbook stands at more than 100 methanol-enabled vessels.

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25 methanol-enabled Maersk vessels

By ordering additional six vessels, Maersk now has 25 methanol-enabled vessels on order.

Boulos: ‘For these six container vessels, we have chosen a design and vessel size which make them very flexible from a deployment point of view. This will allow these vessels to fill many functions in both our current and our future network, thereby offering the flexibility our customers demand. Once phased in, they will replace existing capacity in our fleet.’

Later this summer, the first methanol-enabled vessel, a 2100 TEU feeder vessel, will be delivered to Maersk.

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Feature of the six new vessels

The container ships have a capacity of 9000 containers (Twenty Foot Equivalent – TEU). Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group will build the six vessels in China. The ships will be delivered from 2026 and with last delivery in March 2027. All of them have dual fuel engines making them able to operate on both fuel oil and methanol.

Replacing vessels in a similar size segment, the new vessels will reduce Maersk’s annual greenhouse gas emissions by about 450,000 tonnes CO2e per year on a fuel lifecycle basis when operating on green methanol.

Picture by Maric design, through Maersk.

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