A.P. Moller - Maersk (Maersk) has ordered six mid-sized container vessels from Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group complete with dual-fuel engines that are able to operate on green methanol
The acquisition of the six 9,000 TEU vessels – which will be delivered in 2026 and 2027 – has been projected by Maersk as another step in the green transformation of its fleet and its target of becoming net-zero in 2040.
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.
“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,” commented Rabab Boulos, chief infrastructure officer at Maersk.