‘World’s first’ large green methanol-enabled boxship visits Dubai (Gallery)

A.P. Moller – Maersk’s first large vessel that can run on green methanol has arrived in Dubai, UAE, for the first time and was welcomed by DP World at Jebel Ali.

Serving the AE7 string, which connects Asia and Europe, Ane Maersk arrived in the UAE on its rotation, beginning in Hamburg in Germany and covering several ports in Europe, the Mediterranean and the Gulf countries. The ship will further sail to ports in China and Asia after completing cargo operations in Dubai.

“It is truly a great moment to witness the arrival of Ane Maersk at DP World, Jebel Ali. This is an important milestone for Maersk in our journey to decarbonise ocean transportation. Ane Maersk represents our ambitions towards sustainability and innovation. We are also fully aware that we cannot bring about the green transition all by ourselves,” Christopher Cook, Managing Director, Maersk UAE, Oman and Qatar said.

“We are proud to welcome the Ane Maersk to Jebel Ali, whose arrival highlights the green shift underway in our industry. It is a flagship for sustainability that mirrors our own carbon reduction ambitions at DP World. We are committed to decarbonising global trade and are taking action to support the transition, from electrifying our terminals to using smart technology. The journey to net zero requires the involvement of every stakeholder in the supply chain, and we are proud to be working alongside dedicated partners like Maersk,” Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO and Managing Director of DP World GCC commented.

Ane Maersk is the first of Maersk’s 18 large methanol-enabled vessels that will be delivered between 2024 and 2025. The ship was named Ane Maersk after Ane Mærsk Mc-Kinney Uggla, the Chair of the A.P. Moller Foundation and A.P. Moller Holding. 

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The vessel is 350 meters long, with a breadth of 53.5 meters. The 16,000 TEU containership is equipped with a dual-fuel engine that is capable of running on green methanol.

The vessel can sail up to 23,000 nautical miles on methanol corresponding to 41,400 km when fully bunkered. The shipping major contracted South Korean shipbuilding major Hyundai Heavy Industries to construct the boxship.

Recently, Anne Maersk completed the first bunkering in European waters.

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