Evergreen Marine, X-Press Feeders to launch first European green methanol-powered feeder network

Taiwanese shipping firm Evergreen Marine Corporation has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Singapore-based independent common carrier X-Press Feeders to place its containers on X-Press Feeders’ new dual-fuel green methanol vessels.

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X-Press Feeders is planning to run these vessels on green methanol and operate them within Europe.

With this agreement, Evergreen as one of the world’s largest container shipping companies and a key customer of X-Press Feeders expresses its commitment to a sustainable green future.

The two companies will work together to launch a feeder network, which will be the first in Europe to be powered by green methanol. These dual-fuel ships will be first centered at the Port of Rotterdam and cover ports in the Baltic Sea and Scandinavia.

Ultimately, the fourteen dual-fuel ships that X-Press Feeders has on order for delivery from 2024 Q2 through mid-2026 will be operated within Europe and the Mediterranean.

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The company has already signed a firm contract with Dutch fuel supplier OCI Global for the supply of green methanol, which is ISCC-EU certified. Also known as bio-methanol, the fuel is a renewable energy source produced from the decomposition of organic matter, such as waste and residues.

The decision to add dual-fuel vessels powered by green methanol is a key element of X-Press Feeders’ pledge to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions (CO2e) by 20% by 2035, 50% by 2040 and be net zero by 2050.

“We are pioneering the use of dual-fuel vessels and we decided to take delivery of our vessels sooner, rather than later, because we know we need to take significant steps today to meet the targets for reductions in GHG emissions,” Francis Goh, X-Press Feeders’ Chief Operating Officer, commented.

“Our two companies are encouraging port operators, fuel suppliers, logistics companies, freight-forwarders and beneficial cargo owners (BCOs), etc to join us on the path to more sustainable shipping. By working together, step by step, we can achieve so much more,” he added.