HHI splashes Maersk’s first large green methanol-powered containership
The first in a new series of twelve new large green methanol-powered containerships ordered by Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller Maersk has been launched at South Korea’s shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).
As informed, the newbuild was launched and undocked this weekend. The vessel measures 350 meters in length and 53.5 meters in beam width, with a capacity to carry 16,200 TEUs.
The steel for Maersk’s first 16,200 TEU methanol-fulled newbuild was cut in December last year. HHI hosted the steel-cutting ceremony, which was attended by representatives from the South Korean shipyard, Maersk and ABS, which will be in charge of classing the vessel. The containership is scheduled for delivery in early 2024, according to the Danish shipowner.
To remind, Maersk has a total of 25 methanol-powered container carriers on order at Hyundai Heavy Industries, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group. These include six vessels with a nominal capacity of 17,000 TEU ordered in October 2021, twelve 16,000 TEU boxships and one feeder ordered in 2021. Six mid-sized container vessels are booked at Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group in China.
The dual-fuel vessels will be capable of burning methanol as well as conventional low sulphur fuel. German engine manufacturer MAN ES will provide its dual-fuel engines.
The expansion of the fleet is a part of Maersk’s ongoing efforts to reach net-zero goals. The company revealed that a full fleet of green methanol-powered vessels is expected to be delivered and operational by 2027.
CO2 emissions abatement will be about three million tonnes when all methanol-fuelled vessels are deployed and older vessels are replaced, the firm noted.
In September Maersk welcomed and christened the first 2,100 TEU containership which is able to run on green methanol, Laura Maersk. The ship recently visited the Port of London as part of its maiden voyage.